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  NCJ Number: NCJ 205208     Find in a Library
  Title: Child Abduction: Understanding Police Recorded Crime Statistics
  Author(s): Geoff Newiss ; Lauren Fairbrother
  Corporate Author: Great Britain Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate
Information and Publications Group
United Kingdom
  Date Published: 2004
  Page Count: 6
  Annotation: This report provides statistics and information on the main types of offenses recorded as child abductions in England and Wales in 2002-03.
  Abstract: In this report child abductions have been grouped into four main types: parental child abductions (abductions of a child by a natural parent or guardian); stranger attempted child abductions (unsuccessful attempts at a child abduction by a stranger); stranger successful child abductions; and "other" (successful and attempted abductions of a child by someone with some previous connection to the child). Data on child abduction offenses recorded in 2002-03 were collected from all police forces in England and Wales. There were 846 child abduction offenses recorded by the police for 2002-03. Just over half of all recorded child abductions were attempted abductions. More than half (56 percent) of recorded child abductions were committed by a stranger. Attempted child abductions by strangers constituted the largest single type of child abduction offense (47 percent). In most offenses there was minimal previous contact between the victim and the offender. Successful child abductions by strangers accounted for 9 percent of all child abduction offenses (68 victims). Of the total number of recorded child abduction offenses, 23 percent were committed by a parent. At least 6 percent of child abductions were sexually motivated. "Other" child abduction offenses constituted 22 percent of the total. Recommendations for the recording of child abduction offenses include a review of the definition of parental child abduction to ensure that only appropriate offenses are recorded; a review of the instructions for recording and reclassifying child abductions with a sexual motivation; monitoring of the number of recorded child abduction offenses to determine why they are increasing; and cooperation among government agencies to monitor patterns and trends in parental child abductions overseas. 2 tables, 3 figures, and 8 references
  Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
  Index Term(s): Offense statistics ; Kidnapping ; Police statistics ; Child Abduction ; Foreign crime statistics ; Child victims
  Sale Source: Great Britain Home Office
Communication Development Unit
Room 264, Home Office
50 Queen Anne's Gate
Research Development and Statistics Directorate
London SW1H 9AT, United Kingdom
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  Type: Report (Study/Research)
  Country: United Kingdom
  Language: English
  Note: Home Office Findings #225
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