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NCJ Number: 200207 Find in a Library
Title: Crimes Against Men, Crimes Against Women
Journal: Family Violence & Sexual Assault Bulletin  Volume:19  Issue:1  Dated:Spring 2003  Pages:6-11
Author(s): Peter G. Sinden Ph.D.; B. Joyce Stephens Ph.D.
Date Published: 2003
Page Count: 6
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article explores the criminal justice response to the victimization of men as opposed to the victimization of women.
Abstract: People in American society are socialized to fear the stranger. Thus, the general population (including police officers) largely fear strangers and have greater feelings of fear about crimes committed by strangers. However, criminological research, as well as crime statistics, has revealed that men are most often victimized by strangers while women are most often the victims of crimes perpetrated by family, friends, or acquaintances. This is interesting given the fact that by and large, our criminal justice system is set up to protect people from crimes committed by strangers. Therefore, the authors posit that official responses to crime are more oriented toward protecting men than women. They contend that the type of crime response typical in American society is irrelevant to protecting women from victimization. Several recommendations are offered that would change police training practices and crime response tactics, including training on the significant differences in the characteristics of stranger crime versus acquaintance crime. References
Main Term(s): Criminal justice system analysis
Index Term(s): Citizen reactions to crime; Criminal Justice System Response to Victims; Government reactions to crime
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