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Responses to Criminal Victimization: Evaluating the Impact of a Police Assistance Program and Some Social Psychological Characteristics

NCJ Number
Police Studies Volume: 12 Issue: 2 Dated: (Summer 1989) Pages: 59-72
F W Winkel
Date Published
14 pages
On the basis of a model of the determinants of psychological responses to criminal victimization two types of responses are further analysed, namely feelings of fear of crime, and attitudes towards extreme forms of preventive behavior.
Both experiencing negative life events, prior to victimization and prior life problems as pre-victimization characteristics, the experienced intrusiveness of the event as a victimization characteristic, and exposure to a police intervention campaign as a post-victimization characteristic result in reinforcing psychological distress. Some implications of these outcomes for the police organization are then discussed. 2 figures, 2 tables, 35 references. (Publisher abstract)