Gender and Community Influences in Lethal and Non-Lethal Violence: Recent Findings From Miami

Ramiro Martinez, Jr., Florida International University
Amie L. Nielsen, University of Miami

This paper uses census tract information and official police data in the city of Miami to describe the interrelationships among victims and offenders in serious nonlethal and lethal violence. The models are used to explore differences at the census tract level for incidents involving female and male victims, and for incidents of serious assault versus homicide. The models will be used to address the following research question: 1) Are homicides similar in spatial concentration, alcohol distribution, and relationship type to assault-centered levels? 2) What features of assault-centered networks are associated with elevated risk for homicide? It is possible that the community characteristics associated with assaults are different than those associated with homicides, or that cases with female victims are more heavily associated with dilapidated neighborhood conditions, as those with male victims-both key empirical questions to be addressed in this paper.

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