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NCJ Number: 156446 Find in a Library
Title: Like Taking Candy: Why Does Repeat Victimization Occur?
Journal: British Journal of Criminology  Volume:35  Issue:3  Dated:(Summer 1995)  Pages:384-399
Author(s): G Farrell; C Phillips; K Pease
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 16
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This paper argues that repeating a crime against the same victim can be seen as a rational choice on the part of the offender.
Abstract: Research into the extent and policy implications of repeat victimization has outpaced understanding of why it occurs. The authors attempt to illustrate why and when repeat victimization of the same individual can be regarded as a rational choice by the offender. They address specific crime types, from the obvious repeat crimes such as domestic violence, racial attacks, and child abuse, to the less obvious such as war crime and burglary. They also suggest advantages to the offender of repeat offending against the same target. Reasons for repeat victimization are sought in terms of risk heterogeneity predating a first offense, and state-dependence, whereby a first offense makes a subsequent victimization more likely. The authors include a speculative typology of crime types inviting repetition of one kind or another, and suggestions for further research. Footnotes, references
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Burglary; Child abuse; Criminology; Domestic assault; Offenses; Policy analysis; Racially motivated violence; Theory; Victim-offender relationships; Victimology
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