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NCJ Number: 154931 Find in a Library
Title: Gender Inequality and Rates of Female Homicide Victimization Across U.S. Cities
Journal: Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency  Volume:32  Issue:2  Dated:(May 1995)  Pages:175-190
Author(s): V E Brewer; M D Smith
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 16
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study determines to what extent gender inequality measures serve as an alternative to, or augment, general social- structural models of sex-specific homicide victimization rates.
Abstract: Census data from 177 central cities are used to test a model that determines the influence of social-structural factors on female homicide rates. One set of independent variables is based on those linked in previous studies to the commission of and victimization through homicide; the second set of variables incorporates factors pertinent to a gender inequality theory of violent crime against women. The results showed that, when compared to a more traditional social-structural model emphasizing the effects of social disorganization, gender inequality variables were significantly less useful predictors of variation in risk among females. The social-structural model functioned as a reasonable explanation of homicide victimization risk among women, despite different patterns and dynamics of their homicides when compared to those of men. 3 tables, 3 notes, and 50 references
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Criminology; Female victims; Gender issues; Homicide victims; Statistics; Victimization risk
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