Research Reports

Adolescent Firearm Homicide in Chicago 2013-2017: Young Black Males at High Risk

The Joyce Foundation is a supporter of the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS).

This Data Brief from the Illinois Violent Death Reporting System (IVDRS) examines adolescent (15 to 19 years old) firearm homicide rates per 100,000 by Chicago Community Area (CCA) over a five-year interval: 2013 to 2017.

Compared to rates for adolescents in the United States and Chicago as a whole, Chicago’s black male adolescents are at greatly elevated risk for firearm homicide. In 2016, Chicago’s overall adolescent firearm homicide rate was about three times the national rate, while Chicago’s black male adolescent firearm rate was nearly 50 times the national rate (WISQARS, CDC Injury Center).

IVDRS data inform on strategies to prevent violent deaths in Illinois. It was created to benefit the public’s health, and is part of the National Violent Death Reporting System and is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Lurie Children’s operates IVDRS as a bona fide agent for and receives additional funding from the Illinois Department of Public Health and an anonymous donor.

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Joyce is a nonpartisan, private foundation that invests in evidence-informed public policies and strategies to advance racial equity and economic mobility for the next generation in the Great Lakes region.

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