Violent Victimization: Impact of Victim/Offender Relationship on Fear of Crime

Miriam A. DeLone, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Gregory J. DeLone, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Denise Olson, University of - Nebraska at Omaha

Using data from the BJS/NCVS study of Criminal Victimization and Perceptions of Community Safety in 12 Cities (1998), we examine a variety of traditional assumptions about the relationship between violent victimization and fear of crime. We pay particular attention to the victim/offender relationship to assess its conditioning impact on respondent's fear of crime. Multi-variate analysis techniques are used to control for a variety of victimization characteristics and for respondent's perceptions toward their neighborhood community. The implications of these findings are discussed with regard to previous research and new theoretical directions.

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