An earlier version of this paper was commissioned by the National Research Council for a 2002 Workshop entitled, “Expanding the Federal Research Agenda on Violence Against Women.” This research was presented at the 2002 American Society of Criminology Meeting in Chicago. We are indebted to Callie Rennison of the Bureau of Justice Statistics for her enthusiastic assistance. We also would like to thank Ann Coker and Colin Loftin for their helpful comments on this work.
AN EXPLORATORY STUDY OF THE VIOLENT VICTIMIZATION OF WOMEN: RACE/ETHNICITY AND SITUATIONAL CONTEXT*
Article first published online: 7 MAR 2006
Volume 41, Issue 3, pages 959–980, August 2003
How to Cite
DUGAN, L. and APEL, R. (2003), AN EXPLORATORY STUDY OF THE VIOLENT VICTIMIZATION OF WOMEN: RACE/ETHNICITY AND SITUATIONAL CONTEXT. Criminology, 41: 959–980. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-9125.2003.tb01010.x
Laura Dugan is Assistant Professor in the Criminology and Criminal Justice Department at the University of Maryland and an active member of the National Consortium on Violence Research. Her research interests include investigating the consequences of criminal victimization and the efficacy of victimization prevention policy and practice. She also examines the effects of policies on the behavior patterns of offenders, victims, and players within the criminal justice system.
Robert Apel is a Doctoral Student in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland. His current research interests include studying the relationship between employment and offending, patterns in victimization, and applied statistical methods.
- Issue published online: 7 MAR 2006
- Article first published online: 7 MAR 2006
- Female violent victimization;
- race and ethnicity;
- risk factors;
- situational context;
- National Crime Victimization Survey
Although much has been learned in recent years about the victimization experiences of women, there remains a considerable knowledge gap with respect to the victimization of women of different racial and ethnic backgrounds. In order to confront this issue, we use the large number of cases available in the National Crime Victimization Survey (1992–2000) to examine the risk and protective factors associated with violent victimization among non-Hispanic white, non-Hispanic black, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Native American women. We then describe in more detail the violent incidents against these women, looking for distinguishing patterns across groups. Our results are useful for fine-tuning theories of victimization to explain variance in violence for females across racial and ethnic subgroups.