Interpersonal violence is a leading cause of death and injury in the United States.1 Although many cities rely on official law enforcement data to determine the magnitude, patterns, and prevention strategies for violence, data from the National Crime Victimization Survey conducted by the US Department of Justice indicates that a large number (52.6%) of violent crimes resulting in injury goes unreported to law enforcement.2 Consequently, because of incomplete data, cities are limited in their ability to effectively prevent and respond to violence.
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Wu DT, Moore JC, Bowen DA, et al. Proportion of Violent Injuries Unreported to Law Enforcement. JAMA Intern Med. Published online November 12, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.5139
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