Changes in police notification for rape, 1973-2000

Eric P. Baumer, Richard B. Felson, Steven F. Messner

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Abstract

We use data from the National Crime Survey (NCS) and the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) to explore changes in the likelihood of police notification in rape incidents. The findings indicate that during the 1970s and 1980s there was a significant increase in police notification by third parties and by victims raped by non-strangers. During the 1990s the increase in rates of police notification in rape incidents accelerated and broadened in scope. In addition, differences in police notification between stranger and non-stranger incidents diminished during the 1970s and 1980s and, by the early 1990s there was no significant difference.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)841-870
Number of pages30
JournalCriminology
Volume41
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law

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