VIOLENCE REDUCTION DASHBOARD
The Mayor's Office Violence Reduction Dashboard shares real-time data on violence trends in Chicago and its inequitable impact across the city, as well as critical information about the City’s community-centered and trauma-informed response. This public dashboard is a critical component of the City's efforts to increase government transparency with the primary goal of supporting community-based violence reduction partners in their efforts.
The data on the Mayor's Office Violence Reduction Dashboard is updated daily with an approximately 48 hour lag. Due to the nature of CPD operations and often changing circumstances, some recorded data about incidents and victimizations may change once additional information arises and regularly updated datasets on the City's public portal may change to reflect new or corrected information.
Our City, Our Safety: A comprehensive plan to reduce violence in Chicago
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Violence and Victimization Trends
Chicago experiences devastating levels of violence, and this has been especially true since 2016. From January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2020, 3,276 people were killed. There have been 13,546 non-fatal shooting victims, and 101 domestic-related homicides. Serious victimizations, which are comprised of homicides and non-fatal shooting victimizations, represent the most severe forms of community violence, and serve as an important metric for the City's comprehensive violence reduction plan "Our City, Our Safety."
Please note a victimization is a unique event during which an individual becomes the victim of a crime. An individual may be victimized multiple times, and each of those events would be depicted in the data as distinct victimizations.
Victims, Equity, and Demographics
Even though Chicago is split almost evenly among its Black, Latinx, and White populations, violence in Chicago disproportionately impacts people of color. In 2020, 79% of homicide or non-fatal shooting victimizations were Black and 15% were Latinx. In the majority of incidents in Chicago, the victims were male (84%) or between 20 and 39 years old (68%).
Data limitations: Victimization demographic data shown here is captured by CPD and limited to information included in the police report, which may not often be supported by individual self-identification including for sex/gender, disabilities, and sexual orientation for LGBTQ+ population. In particular, CPD has historically recorded a victim’s sex rather than gender although has added a field for collecting gender as of January 2021. Inclusive gender and racial recognition are priorities for the City of Chicago and we continue to incorporate equity principles across operations throughout City departments.
The Safety Gap
The “safety gap" is the difference in rate of shootings and homicides in community areas with the highest and lowest levels. It is one of the primary outcome indicators listed in the City’s comprehensive violence reduction plan, “Our City, Our Safety,” to measure the disparities between the neighborhoods that experience relatively little violence and those that continue to bear the greatest burden. From 2018 through 2020, 63% of the city’s homicides and non-fatal shootings occurred within 15 community areas that comprise 24% of the city’s population. These communities are overwhelmingly African American and Latinx, and violence has persisted here for decades because the underlying causes—systemic racism, disinvestment, poverty, lack of social services—have gone unaddressed, and the use of policing as the primary solution has failed.
AcknowledgementThe Mayor's Office Violence Reduction Dashboard is made possible by data from the Chicago Police Department and the technical leadership and support of the University of Chicago Crime Lab.
For any members of the media or other users who wish to reference the City's Dashboard, please cite as: "City of Chicago Violence Reduction Dashboard."