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Table 1 Distribution of older adult homicide victim characteristics using the National Violent Death Reporting System Data from 2003 to 2017

From: Characteristics and patterns of older adult homicides in the United States

Victim Characteristicsa Total
(N = 6188)
N (%)
Firearm Homicides (n = 2710)
n (%)
Non-firearm Homicides (n = 3478)
n (%)
Prevalence Difference (95% CI)
Sex
Male 3859 (62.4) 1704 (62.9) 2155 (62.0) 0.9 (−1.5, 3.3)
Female 2329 (37.6) 1006 (37.1) 1323 (38.0) −0.9 (−3.3, 1.5)
Race/Ethnicity
White, non-Hispanic 4018 (64.9) 1795 (66.2) 2223 (63.9) 2.3 (−0.1, 4.7)
Black, non-Hispanic 1499 (24.2) 668 (24.7) 831 (23.9) 0.8 (−1.4, 2.9)
Hispanic 351 (5.6) 122 (4.5) 229 (6.6) −2.1 (−3.2, −0.9)
All other raceb 320 (5.2) 125 (4.6) 195(5.6) −0.9 (−2.1, 0.1)
Age (years)
60 to 64 2123 (34.3) 1026 (37.9) 1097 (31.5) 6.3 (3.9, 8.7)
65 to 74 2349 (38.0) 1099 (40.6) 1250 (35.9) 4.6 (2.2, 7.1)
75 to 84 1216 (19.7) 459 (16.9) 757 (21.8) −4.8 (−6.8, −2.9)
85 and above 500 (8.1) 126 (4.7) 374 (10.8) −6.1 (−7.4, −4.8)
Education level
Less than high school degree 1471 (26.4) 574 (23.3) 897 (28.8) −5.5 (−7.8, −3.2)
High school degree or above 4111 (73.7) 1891 (76.7) 2220 (71.2) 5.5 (3.2, 7.8)
Marital status
Married/civil union/domestic partnership 2276 (37.7) 1351 (50.7) 925 (27.4) 23.3 (20.8, 25.7)
Divorced/separated/widowed/never married/single 3767 (62.3) 1316 (49.3) 2451 (72.6) −23.3 (−25.7, −20.8)
Victim’s relationship with perpetrator
Family member (other than spouse) 1283 (32.9) 453 (27.1) 830 (37.3) −10.3 (−13.2, −7.3)
Intimate partner (current or ex) 916 (23.5) 655 (39.1) 261 (11.7) 27.4 (24.7, 30.1)
Acquaintances (includes friends, colleagues etc.) 1249 (32.0) 374 (22.3) 875 (39.3) −17.0 (−19.8, − 14.2)
Stranger 450 (11.5) 192 (11.5) 258 (11.6) −0.1 (−2.2, 1.9)
Victim’s location when injured
Victim’s home 4134 (68.4) 1728 (65.8) 2406 (70.5) −4.7 (−7.1, − 2.3)
Other home, apartment 499 (8.3) 249 (9.5) 250 (7.3) 2.2 (0.7, 3.6)
Street, sidewalk, alley 417 (6.9) 191 (7.3) 226 (6.6) 0.7 (−0.6, 1.9)
Motor vehicle, parking lot/garage 209 (3.5) 129 (4.9) 80 (2.3) 2.6 (1.6, 3.5)
Other 782 (12.9) 330 (12.6) 452 (13.2) −0.7 (−2.4, 1.0)
 Served in military 1366 (24.0) 576 (22.8) 790 (25.0) −2.3 (−4.5, −0.03)
 Homeless 93 (1.6) 14 (0.5) 79 (2.4) −1.8 (−2.4, − 1.2)
 Alcohol use suspected when injured 660 (13.4) 247 (11.7) 413 (14.7) −3.1 (15.0, −1.2)
 Alcohol problem 237 (3.8) 80 (3.0) 157 (4.5) −1.6 (−2.5, −0.6)
 Other substance problem 193 (3.1) 74 (2.7) 119 (3.4) −0.7 (−1.6, 0.2)
 Current diagnosed mental health problem 405 (6.5) 152 (5.6) 253 (7.3) −1.7 (−2.9, −0.4)
 Current depressed mood 62 (1.0) 33 (1.2) 29 (0.8) 0.4 (−0.1, 0.9)
 Current mental health or substance abuse treatment 211 (3.4) 84 (3.1) 127 (3.7) −0.6 (−1.5, 0.4)
 Ever treated for mental health or substance abuse 263 (4.3) 100 (3.7) 163 (4.7) −1.0 (− 1.2, 0.002)
 Victim was a bystander 86 (1.4) 59 (2.2) 27 (0.8) 1.4 (0.7, 2.0)
 Victim was intervener assisting another victim 44 (0.7) 14 (0.5) 30 (0.9) −0.4 (−0.8, 0.06)
 Victim used weapon 156 (2.5) 100 (3.7) 56 (1.6) 2.1 (1.3, 2.9)
 Prior history of victim abuse by perpetrator 171 (4.1) 54 (2.9) 117 (5.0) −2.1 (−3.3, −0.9)
 Victim was perpetrator of violence in past month 40 (0.7) 22 (0.8) 18 (0.5) 0.3 (−0.2, 0.7)
 Victim experienced violence in past month 87 (1.4) 29 (1.1) 58 (1.7) −0.6 (−1.2, − 0.02)
  1. Columns may not always equal to 100% due to rounding
  2. a Missing Data: Education level (606 [9.8%]), Marital status (145 [2.3%]), Victim’s relationship with perpetrator (2290 [37.0%]), Victim’s location when injured (147 [2.4%]), Served in military (497 [8.0%]), Homeless (236 [3.8%]), Alcohol use suspected when injured (1269 [20.5%]), Prior history of victim abuse by perpetrator (1994 [32.2%])
  3. b all other race includes American Indian/Alaska Native (non-Hispanic), Asian/Pacific Islander (non-Hispanic), two or more races (non-Hispanic), other/unspecified (non-Hispanic)