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NCJ Number: 155957 Find in a Library
Title: Fear, Rhetoric and Patterns of Crime
Journal: Justice Report  Volume:11  Issue:1  Dated:(1995)  Pages:21-23
Author(s): D LeBlanc
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 3
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English; French
Country: Canada
Annotation: Sociologists and psychologists have differing opinions about crime; some believe that society today is no more violent than previous generations and that high-profile cases have made the public overly sensitive to crime.
Abstract: Statistics indicate that crime rates and the chance of being victimized have remained relatively stable in Canada. Nonetheless, fear of crime and victimization is prevalent. Numerous studies and media reports particularly highlight the incidence of sexual assault and domestic violence, and these studies and reports tend to maintain the public's fear of crime. The author discusses the use of statistics in evaluating crime patterns, media coverage of crime and violence, government crime prevention policies, victim testimony in the court, and the extent of youth violence.
Main Term(s): Victims of violent crime
Index Term(s): Canada; Crime in foreign countries; Criminology; Domestic assault; Fear of crime; Foreign crime prevention; Juvenile offenders; Media coverage; Sexual assault; Violence prevention
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