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Women's fear of violence in the community

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 135

Carlos Carcach and Satyanshu Mukherjee
ISBN 0 642 24135 X ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, November 1999


This paper examines the role that factors such as vulnerability (both physical and social) and experiences of violence play in the formation of women's perceptions of personal safety. Based on data from the Women's Safety Survey, the results show that women's fear of crime is greater among those who have lower incomes, those in older age groups, and those living with a partner.