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Aggravated assault is the unlawful threat of bodily violence or harm to somebody else or an attempt to do such harm The purpose of this paper is to inform the reader about all aspects of the personal crime of aggravated assault It will illustrate the typical victim and offender and the situations that surround this crime from a citizen and criminologist perspective Aggravated assault is more serious than assault because the offender inflicts an unlawful attack upon the victim for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury This type of assault is usually accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm In 1998 there were a total of 1673640 aggravated assault victimizations and 1457800 incidences Victimizations indicate the number of people that were received the criminal offense Incidences mean the scene and time of the assault For instance two people are robbed at gunpoint It is counted as two robbery victimizations and one robbery incidence Of all the criminal offenses measured by the National Crime Victimization Survey NCVS 53 percent of them were aggravated assaults On average about eight people in every one thousand people were the victims of aggravated assault The Victim Out of one thousand people 105 males were assaulted and 47 females Black males and females are more likely to be the victim of aggravated assault between the ages of twenty to twenty-four Twenty-six urban black males out of every one thousand people are the victims White males are more likely to be the victim between the ages of twelve to nineteen White females are more likely to be the victim between the ages of sixteen to twenty-four In all black males are most likely to be the victim between the ages of twenty and twenty-four Thirty-three percent of the victims had an income less than 7500 annually Such a low income is probably due to the
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