The impact of victimization on fear

Wesley G Skogan*

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This report examines the relationship between criminal victimization and fear o f crime. Past research has been surprisingly inconclusive about this issue, and some people's fears have been branded "irrational" because the two did not appear to be tightly linked. However, the data analyzed here indicate that victimization affects both fear-related attitudes and behavior in a clear and consistent manner. This report also suggests that the impact o f victimization is relatively uniform. Some research has indicated that certain groups are especially affected by crime, a claim that might be used to justify special treatment for selected victims and has been used to support demands for special "treatment" o f selected offenders. However, the strong effects o f victimization registered in these data were not differentially distributed across subgroups. In sum, most people do learn from their experiences, although other kinds o f learning are rational as well.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Fear of Crime
PublisherTaylor and Francis Inc.
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781315086613
ISBN (Print)1840140631, 9781840140637
StatePublished - Jul 5 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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