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NCJ Number: 158205 Find in a Library
Title: Impact of Sexual and Nonsexual Assault on Secondary Victims
Journal: Violence and Victims  Volume:10  Issue:1  Dated:(Spring 1995)  Pages:73-84
Author(s): R Davis; B Taylor; S Bench
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 12
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined reactions to crime among 138 significant others of victims of both sexual and nonsexual assault. The significant others (SOs) included both men and women, and romantic and nonromantic partners.
Abstract: The subjects completed a number of self-report instruments focusing on their levels of distress, strain symptoms, fear of certain situations, and supportive and nonsupportive behaviors they exhibited toward the crime victim. The results showed that level of victim distress did not affect SO distress, nor were SO distress levels higher in sexual assault than in nonsexual assault cases. Contrary to study hypotheses, SOs in romantic relationships with victims did not experience more distress than other SOs. However, female friends and family members reported higher distress levels than either male romantic partners or male family and friends. High levels of SO distress did not affect the supportive behaviors shown toward crime victims, but were associated with nonsupportive behavior. Higher levels of nonsupportive behavior were found among SOs of sexual assault victims. 3 tables, 5 notes, and 40 references
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Assault and battery; Families of crime victims; Reactions to crime; Sexual assault victims; Statistics
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