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Victims Seeking Services: Patterns of Service Seeking

Madison, Mackenzie and Owen, Stephen and Pate, Margaret and Bolin, Riane Victims Seeking Services: Patterns of Service Seeking. 2021. Radford University,

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This research specifically examined five different types of crime victims and whether they sought help from victim services. The crime types studied were rape, sexual assault, physical assault, robbery, and property crime. The data were collected from the National Crime Victimization Survey in 2016, which surveyed crime victims about their victimization experiences. The specific hypotheses that were tested in the analysis explored how service seeking varied based on victims’ sex, crime type, and victim-offender relationship. Results show that victims who were female, those who knew their offender, and those who were victims of robbery and property crime were more likely to seek services than those who were male, those whose offender was a stranger, and those who were victims of rape, sexual assault, and physical assault. The research also found that there were not statistically significant variations between seeking specific types of services and respondents’ sex, victim/offender relationship, or crime type. Lastly, victims of rape, sexual assault, and physical assault were no more likely to seek counseling than they were to visit a doctor or nurse, seek help from the ER/hospital or clinic, take medication, or seek another type of service. A multivariate logistic regression included respondent sex, age, and race, as well as crime type and victim-offender relationship as predictors of whether or not a victim sought services. The only variable in the regression that was found to be a significant predictor of the likelihood that a victim sought services was respondent sex.

Item Type: Thesis
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Radford University > College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences > Department of Criminal Justice
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2021 01:34
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2023 19:05
URI: http://wagner.radford.edu/id/eprint/705

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