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U.S. Department of JusticeOffice of Justice ProgramsBureau of Justice StatisticsBulletinOctober 2021, NCJ 301775 Criminal Victimization, 2020Rachel E. Morgan, Ph.D., and Alexandra Thompson, BJS StatisticiansFrom 2019 to 2020, the total violent victimization rate declined 22%, from 21.0 to 16.4 victimizations per 1,000 persons age 12 or older (figure 1). Violent victimization includes rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault. Based on data from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), the decrease in violent victimization was driven primarily by a decline in assault. The rate of simple assault declined from 13.7 per 1,000 in 2019 to 10.7 per 1,000 in 2020, and the rate of aggravated assault declined from 3.7 to 2.9 per 1,000. The decline in aggravated assault drove the decrease in violent crime, excluding simple assault, from 2019 (7.3 per 1,000) to 2020 (5.6 per 1,000). The rates of rape or sexual assault or robbery did not change between 2019 and ...