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ERIC Number: EJ1013272
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0886-2605
Social Distance and Immediate Informal Responses to Violent Victimization
Jacques, Scott; Rennison, Callie Marie
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, v28 n4 p735-754 Mar 2013
There are a number of ways that victims of violence informally handle attacks as they unfold. Their responses range in severity from physical resistance, to talking it out with the offender, to running away, to cooperating. Why do victims respond in a more or less severe manner? Cooney (2009) suggests that social distance is part of the answer: the further the relational or cultural distance between offender and victim, the more severe the latter's response. Using National Crime Victimization Survey data, we test hypotheses derived from this theory and find oppositional findings. Specifically, results indicate that closer social distance predicts more severe responses. We conclude by discussing the implications of this finding for future work, especially as relates to the study of self-protective behavior. (Contains 3 tables and 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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