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NCJ Number: 230050 Find in a Library
Title: Any Girl Can Call the Cops, No Problem: The Influence of Gender on Support for the Decision to Report Criminal Victimization Within Homeless Communities
Journal: British Journal of Criminology  Volume:50  Issue:2  Dated:March 2010  Pages:278-295
Author(s): Laura Huey; Marianne Quirouette
Date Published: March 2010
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: Canadian National Secretariat on Homelessness
Ottawa ON K1A 0R5, Canada
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Ottawa, ON K1P 6G4, Canada
Grant Number: 855-2007-0006
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This paper examines the influence of the 'anti-snitching code' on attitudes towards reporting criminal victimization among the homeless.
Abstract: Using research data from a study of criminal victimization, this study analyses how gender structures attitudes towards crime reporting, creating what is termed a 'chivalry exception' to the 'anti-snitching code'. In essence, the chivalry exception is a form of benevolent sexism that embodies the belief that women are inherently vulnerable and thus in need of greater protection. This exception is rejected by many women, some of whom reject it as symbolic of female vulnerability, whereas others remain fearful of retaliatory violence. These findings have larger implications for future efforts to address failures to report crime by homeless female victims. Tables and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Female victims
Index Term(s): Canada; Citizen crime reporting; Foreign criminal justice research; Gender issues; Homeless persons; Victimization risk
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