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NCJ Number: 119046 Find in a Library
Title: Fear of Crime and the Myth of the Safe Home: A Feminist Critique of Criminology (From Feminist Perspectives on Wife Abuse, P 75-88, 1988, Kersti Yllo and Michelle Bograd, eds. -- See NCJ-119043)
Author(s): E A Stanko
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The purpose of this chapter is to examine how the growing attention to the phenomenon of "fear of crime" contributes to the myth of the safe home.
Abstract: A feminist critique of criminologists' concept "fear of crime" begins with recognizing the cultural meanings linked to the abstract categories of the public and the private. The public realm is predominantly a male domain whereas the private sphere of the home is female. Victimization survey findings indicate that men are at greater risk to victimization from interpersonal violence. However, women and the elderly, the least likely to be victimized, report the highest levels of fear of being criminally victimized. Explanations of this gap between women's and men's reported fear of crime point to gender experiences and role expectations. Accounting for women's fear of crime is a perception of their social and physical vulnerability. The conceptualization of violent crime is firmly linked to random acts of violence perpetuated by strangers against innocent victims. This attention to violence committed by strangers obscures the possible fear-producing effects of violence within the home, largely perpetrated against women and girls, and its inclusion as a serious crime. 50 references.
Main Term(s): Battered wives
Index Term(s): Abused women; Domestic assault; Victims of Crime
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