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NCJ Number: 99158 Find in a Library
Title: Elderly Victims of Crime and Exposure to Risk
Journal: Howard Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:24  Issue:1  Dated:(February 1985)  Pages:1-9
Author(s): R Clarke; M Ekblom; M Hough; P Mayhew
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 9
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: It has been debated for some time whether lower rates of personal victimisation among the elderly are due to the fact that -- because of fear or other reasons -- they shield themselves from situations in which they might be victimised.
Abstract: This 'differential exposure' explanation is examined using data from the 1982 British Crime Survey which provides risks for different age/sex groups and detailed information about respondents' 'lifestyles'. Looking at evening 'street' offences, differences in risks between the age groups change very little when account is taken of different patterns of going out: irrespective of frequency, means of travel, destination and activity, the elderly are still less frequently victimised. Some theoretical and practical implications of the findings are discussed. (Author abstract)
Index Term(s): Crime surveys; Crimes against the elderly; Fear of crime; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Victimology
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