Although the number of men in Brazil who died violent deaths between 2002 and 2004 fell, it still remains high, according to a study of official demographic statistics (EstatÀsticas do Registro Civil).
The new study was just released by the Brazilian government statistical bureau (Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística) (IBGE).
According to the document, 15.74% of total male deaths in 2004 were caused by accidents, homicide or suicide. Em 2002, that number was 16.17%.
The states with the highest levels of violent deaths are Roraima (32.8%), Rondônia (27.5%) and Mato Grosso (23.2%). The states with the lowest rates of violent deaths are Amazonas (6%) and Piauí (8.2%).
The IBGE reports that among male youths between 15 and 24 years of age the rate of violent deaths rises sharply to 68%. In Rio de Janeiro the rate is 225 violent deaths per 100,000 inhabitants.
For women in general, the rate of violent death is less than 5%, but for the age group between 15 and 24, it rises to 33.8%.