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NCJ Number: 222495 Find in a Library
Title: Victim and Household Characteristics: Reporting Violence to the Police. Illinois Crime Victimization Survey 2002 Data Analysis
Author(s): Dr. Callie Rennison
Date Published: August 2007
Page Count: 32
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority
Chicago, IL 60606
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Grant Number: 03-DB-BX-0037
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
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United States of America

Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority
300 West Adams Street
Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60606
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report investigated whether any group of individuals in Illinois would be less likely to report violent victimization to the police; binary logistic regression models were used to examine the influence of individual and household characteristics on the likelihood of police reporting.
Abstract: Key findings regarding significant individual and household characteristics include: (1) violent crimes against non-Hispanic African-Americans were less likely to be reported to the police compared to the same violence against non-Hispanic Whites; (2) violence sustained by unemployed individuals was less likely to be reported to the police compared to the similar violence experienced by fulltime workers; (3) violent victimizations perpetrated against individuals employed on a part-time basis were less likely to be reported to the police compared to similar violence against fulltime workers; and (4) violence against people who had lived at their current residence for less than 1 year was less likely to be reported to the police compared to victims who had lived in their homes for more than 1 year. Additional findings reported, however, unrelated to the primary purpose of study reflected older offenders, weapon presence, and injured victim. The findings show differential reporting among groups of victims suggesting that some groups are not accessing the benefits offered by the criminal justice system. One of the most important decisions following violence is whether to report the violent incident to the police. Previous research is nonexistent on examining the influence of victim and household characteristics on reporting violence in the State of Illinois. By identifying individuals who are less likely to contact the police, more effective outreach policies may be designed. This analysis, conducted using the 2002 Illinois Crime Victimization Survey (ICVS), investigated whether particular groups of victims were less likely to contact the police following a violent victimization. It examined the influence of individual and household characteristics on the likelihood of reporting violence to the police while controlling for relevant correlates. References and appendixes A-C
Main Term(s): Citizen crime reporting
Index Term(s): BJA Grant-related Documents; Citizen crime tolerance; Illinois; Victim attitudes; Victim reactions to crime; Victimization
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