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NCJ Number: 229774 Find in a Library
Title: Perceptions of Victimization Risk and Fear of Crime Among Lesbians and Gay Men
Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence  Volume:22  Issue:2  Dated:February 2007  Pages:198-217
Author(s): Melanie D. Otis
Date Published: February 2007
Page Count: 20
Document: HTML
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined correlates of fear of crime and perceptions of risk among a sample of 272 self-identified lesbians and gay men.
Abstract: Research on fear of crime has evolved to suggest the existence of a complex relationship between individual, lifestyle, and contextual factors. Past work generally focuses on predominantly heterosexual populations. Higher levels of perceived risk and fear of victimization were found among females, persons in neighborhoods characterized by incivility, and persons who had experienced previous victimization. Perceived risks of personal and property victimization were similar for males and females. Contrary to past research, women did not seem to view all types of potential victimization as opportunities for sexual assault. Instead, fear of victimization was offense specific - past personal victimization predicted fear of future personal victimization, and past property victimization predicted fear of future property victimization. Similarities and differences between current findings and suggestions for future research are discussed. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Victimization risk
Index Term(s): Discrimination against homosexuals; Fear of crime; Gender issues; Homosexuality; Homosexuality-crime relationships; Victim attitudes
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