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U.S.: reported cases of aggravated assault 1990-2019

This graph shows the reported number of aggravated assault cases in the United States from 1990 to 2019. In 2019, an estimated 821,182 reported cases of aggravated assault occurred nationwide.

Number of reported cases of aggravated assault in the United States from 1990 to 2019

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Release date

September 2020

Region

United States

Survey time period

1990 to 2019

Supplementary notes

The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program defines aggravated assault as an unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. The UCR Program further specifies that this type of assault is usually accompanied by the use of a weapon or by other means likely to produce death or great bodily harm. Attempted aggravated assault that involves the display of—or threat to use—a gun, knife, or other weapon is included in this crime category because serious personal injury would likely result if the assault were completed. When aggravated assault and larceny-theft occur together, the offense falls under the category of robbery.

The data from previous years can be accessed at the Uniform Crime Reports section on the Website of the FBI.

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