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Standardizing the Display of IBR Data: Relationship Variables

Tables Presented by the FBI

In the FBI's preliminary analysis using NIBRS, data were used to illustrate NIBRS content and capabilities by providing simple, easy to understand tables and charts. One table uses victim's relationship to the offender to determine whether offenders tend to be family members, and whether this differs for victim age groups.

Percent Distribution of Victims by Age and Relationship to Offender, 1998

Victim Age Family Member Family Member and Other Other
0 - 5

51.6

2.3 46.2
6 - 11 29.7 3.0 67.3
12 - 17 18.3 5.7 75.9
18 - 24 20.0 5.3 74.8
25 - 44 31.2 4.5 64.3
45 - 64 33.5 3.5 63.0
65 and over 36.2 2.1 61.7
Unknown 15.7 1.2 83.0

This table includes victims of murder, forcible sex offenses, assault offenses, kidnaping/abduction, and robbery.  The table does not include victims whose offender information is completely unknown.  Family includes all relationships within family.   Other includes relationships outside the family but known to the victim, strangers, victims who are also offenders, and unknown.

To create this table, victims were grouped into age and relationship categories.  According to this table, the youngest segment of the population is most vulnerable to family members.  Over half of the children under the age of 5 were victimized by family members. 

Download SPSS code to replicate this table
Note: Please check that the variable names used in this syntax match the variable names in your data file.  If you need assistance, contact JRSA.