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Victims of Crime: May 2011


Journal articles

  • Aboriginal women speaking out about violence : is anyone listening? Reflections of Wirringa Baiya Aboriginal Women's Legal Centre / Madeleine Heath, Thea Deakin-Greenwood, Christine Robinson, Rachael Martin, Leonie Mason, Josie Smith and Jenna Dunwoodie
    Indigenous law bulletin 7(23) Mar/Apr 2011: 26-30
    Summary: Details the history and work of the Wirringa Baiya Aboriginal Women's Legal Centre, founded in 1994 as the NSW Aboriginal Women's Legal Resource Centre.
  • An overview of partner violence risk assessment and the potential role of female victim risk appraisals / Erica Bowen
    Aggression and violent behavior 16(3) May/Jun 2011: 214-226
    Summary: Reviews the existing literature assessing the validity of currently available IPV risk assessment tools, as well as the predictive validity of victim's own appraisal of this risk.
  • Battered at home, played down in policy : migrant women and domestic violence in Australia / Nafiseh Ghafournia
    Aggression and violent behavior 16(3) May/Jun 2011: 207-213
    Summary: Argues that immigration policies have been mostly shaped so as to protect non-resident women from being abused by their partners or husbands, but have overlooked underlying social, economic, and cultural factors.
  • Blaming the victim and exonerating the perpetrator in cases of rape and robbery : is there a double standard? / Steffen Bieneck and Barbara Krahe
    Journal of interpersonal violence 26(9) Jun 2011: 1785-1797
    Summary: Findings of study support the notion of a special leniency bias in sexual assault cases, with Information about a prior relationship between victim and perpetrator increaing ratings of victim blame and decreasing perceptions of perpetrator blame in the rape cases, but not in the robbery cases.
  • Direct and vicarious violent victimization and juvenile delinquency : an application of general strain theory / Wen-Hsu Lin, John K Cochran and Thomas Mieczkowski
    Sociological inquiry 81(2) May 2011: 195-222
    Summary: Study shows that witnessing as well as experiencing violent victimisation increases violent /property crime and drug use among adolescents and confirms that dual victimisation (child abuse and witnessing domestic violence) strongly influences later violent criminal involvement and drug use.
  • Do victim impact programs reduce recidivism for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated? Findings from an outcomes evaluation / Benjamin Keith Crew and Sarah Emily Johnson
    Criminal justice studies 24(2) 2011: 153-163
    Summary: Participation in a victim impact course was not found to consistently reduce reoffending in a sample of persons convicted of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and moreover program participants were just as likely to reoffend as non-participants,and sometimes more likely.
  • Help seeking and barriers of Hispanic partner violence survivors : a systematic review of the literature / Cynthia F Rizo and Rebecca J Macy
    Aggression and violent behavior 16(3) May/Jun 2011: 250-264
    Summary: Identifies various barriers to help seeking specific to Hispanic survivors of partner violence, including limited English language proficiency, lack of knowledge of available resources, Hispanic cultural tolerance of male violence, and, for undocumented immigrants, fear of deportation.
  • Interventions for families victimized by child sexual abuse : clinical issues and approaches for child advocacy center-based services / Poonam Tavkar and David J Hansen
    Aggression and violent behavior 16(3) May/Jun 2011: 188-199
    Summary: Treatment methods for child victims and non-offending family members are identified and described. The benefits of providing on-site mental health services at Child Advocacy Centers are discussed through a description of an existing Child Advocacy Center-based treatment program.
  • Predictors of school victimization : individual, familial, and school factors / Susan L Wynne and Hee-Jong Joo
    Crime and delinquency 57(3) May 2011: 458-488
    Summary: Uses data from the National Crime Victimization Survey’s School Crime Supplement of 2003, to identify a combination of individual, family, and school characteristics that can be used to predict student victimisation at school.
  • Reciprocal effects of victimization and routine activities / Margit Averdijk
    Journal of quantitative criminology 27(2) Jun 2011: 125-149
    Summary: Tests the theory that victimisation decreases risky routine activities and that this in turn decreases the risk of victimisation, using longitudinal data from the US National Crime Victimization Survey.
  • Sexual revictimization and mental health : a comparison of lesbians, gay men, and heterosexual women / Kimberly F Balsam, Keren Lehavot and Blair Beadnell
    Journal of interpersonal violence 26(9) Jun 2011: 1798-1814
    Summary: Study indicates that child sexual assault (CSA) is associated with elevated rates of adult rape for all three groups and participants with both CSA and adult rape have higher levels of psychological distress, suicidality, alcohol use, and self-harm behaviors relative to those with only one type of victimisation and those with no victimisation.
  • Victim resistance in child sexual abuse : a look into the efficacy of self-protection strategies based on the offender's experience / Benoit Leclerc, Richard Wortley and Stephen W Smallbone
    Journal of interpersonal violence 26(9) Jun 2011: 1868-1883
    Summary: This study uses data from a research project on child sex offenders, involving 197 adult males who were serving a sentence in Queensland for a sexual offence against a child (16 years old or less). Offenders reported that the most successful way for children to avoid sexual contact during the period of abuse was to tell them that they did not want to participate in such activities.