Figure 2: Gender of Offender and Victim


In gathering and analyzing the statewide data available on youth in contact with the justice system for domestic-related offenses, the prevalence of girls and women in the populations of both offender and victim became evident. Just under 22% of youth arrested in 2007 for all offenses in Illinois were girls. For domestic offenses, however, girls comprise over one third (33.5%) of youth arrests. Over 60% of victims of juvenile domestic offenses were women. Most often, the victims were parents or stepparents (38.76%), siblings (12.18%) or other "known" members of the household (27.52%). Alleged battery of a dating partner comprised only 6.98% of these cases.

Figure 2: Gender of Offender and Victim

Offender's Gender
Male Female Unknown Total
Count Percent Count Percent Count Percent Count Percent
Victim's Gender
Male 12,987 -28.6% 4,380 -9.6% 3 (Less Than.1%) 17,370 -38.2%
Female 17,189 -37.8% 10,846 -23.9% 5 (Less Than.1%) 28,040 -61.7%
Unknown 24 -0.1% 7 (Less Than.1%) 0 0.0% 31 -0.1%
TOTAL 30,200 -66.5% 15,233 -33.5% 8 (Less Than.1%) 45,441 -100.0%

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