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Research Letter
January 2019

Proportion of Violent Injuries Unreported to Law Enforcement

Author Affiliations
  • 1Grady Health System, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 3Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, Oak Ridge, Tennessee
  • 4Division of Violence Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia
JAMA Intern Med. 2019;179(1):111-112. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.5139

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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