Homicide & Assault Data


To monitor the trends in incidence rate of deaths and injuries due to violence.

Key Information

Number of deaths and injuries due to violence.

Rhode Island Numbers

Overall Compared to United States, 2005-2009

  • The Rhode Island homicide and assault-related injury rate is lower than the national rate from 2005 to 2009.

By Age Group

  • The Rhode Island homicide rate is lower and the injury rate slightly lower than the national rate across all age groups.
  • Young adults (ages 15-24) have the highest rate of homicides and assault-related injuries.

By Gender

  • Males are more likely than females to die by homicide or have assault-related injuries.
  • In 2008, the number of female fatalities was less than 10.

Notes:The Rhode Island Emergency Department Data counts every emergency department visit as a unique event. The WISQARS data uses a sampling survey method of 500,000 Emergency Department visits annually to calculate rates. Injury was listed as the primary reason for emergency department visit or death. Rates based on less than 10 events have been suppressed.