skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 97902 Find in a Library
Title: Murder and Assault (From Major Forms of Crime, P 19-45, 1984, Robert F Meier, ed. - See NCJ-97901)
Author(s): D F Luckenbill
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 27
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Patterns in criminal homicides and aggravated assaults are discussed in terms of violence theories.
Abstract: Data indicate that in 1981, 10 out of every 100,000 Americans were murdered, and 281 out of every 100,000 were reported victims of aggravated assault. Interpretations of the data suggest that murder and assault are not distributed evenly or randomly within society, but occur disproportionately in certain areas and among certain categories of people. Trends relating to region, urbanism, age, sex, race, class, relationship between offender and victim, and criminal history are explored. An analysis of societal reaction to murder and assault and its relationship to the punishment and treatment of offenders indicates that regardless of the respondent's age, sex, race, and income, murder was ranked as the most serious offense; assault and battery with a weapon ranked sixth in seriousness. It is suggested that a social-psychological understanding of violent crime may be more plausible than the purely psychiatric model currently used in analyzing violent crime. Sixty references are listed.
Index Term(s): Assault and battery; Crime analysis; Murder; Violence causes; Violent crimes
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.