Advice to crime victims:: Effects of crime, victim, and advisor factors

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There is consistent evidence from a variety of sources that crime victims' reporting decisions are influenced by others. The present studies extended this prior work by surveying two statewide stratified random samples (ns = 817 and 832). In Study 1, of 148 respondents who said a family member had been a victim of sexual assault, domestic assault, or robbery, only 65% said that they had advised the victims to report the crime, and women were significantly more likely to advise reporting domestic assault than were men. In both Study 1 and Study 2, respondents were asked about the appropriateness of reporting specific crimes to the police. Based on both within-and between-respondent questions, it appears that reporting advice is contingent on several factors: The seriousness of the offense, the gender of the victim, the victim-offender relationship, and the gender of the respondent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)423-442
Number of pages20
JournalCriminal Justice and Behavior
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Psychology(all)
  • Law


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