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NCJ Number: 207086 Find in a Library
Title: Violent Teenage Deaths: Do They Fit Childhood or Adult Scenarios?
Journal: Youth Studies Australia  Volume:23  Issue:3  Dated:September 2004  Pages:33-40
Author(s): Ruth Lawrence; Toby Fattore
Date Published: September 2004
Page Count: 8
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This Australian study examined whether there are distinct patterns in the assault-related deaths of a subsection of children, i.e., teens between the ages of 13 and 17.
Abstract: The study analyzed all teen deaths from assault in New South Wales (Australia) from 1996 to July 1999, as determined from coroners' records. For the study's purposes, assault was defined as "death resulting from an act of violence perpetrated upon the young person by another person." In addition to coroners' records, information on the cases was obtained from police, juvenile justice, and Department of Community Services records. The profiles of the deaths were distinguished by female and male victims as determined by the weapons, location, and scenarios. Information is also provided on known perpetrators. The study found that fatal assaults on teens ages 13 through 17 did not fit a homogeneous pattern. They occurred in diverse circumstances, and no one pattern of violence could account for all assaults; however, the circumstances of the assaults could be categorized by similar characteristics. Regarding the gender of perpetrators, they were likely to be male. Regarding the victim's relationship to the perpetrator, parents were not likely to be perpetrators, in contrast to parents being primary perpetrators of fatal assaults on children. Regarding ethnicity of victims, Aboriginal youth and those from minority cultural backgrounds were overrepresented as victims, as were youth with criminal records. Most deaths occurred in private, were perpetrated by someone known to the victim, and were not perpetrated by "gangs." 2 tables and 26 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Assault and battery; Crime patterns; Foreign criminal justice research; Gender issues; Homicide victims; Offender profiles; Victim-offender relationships; Weapons
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