The need for protection and punishment in victims of violent and nonviolent crime in the Netherlands: The effect of relational distance

Annemarie ten Boom, Antony Pemberton, Marc Groenhuijsen

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Abstract

A crime victim's relationship to the offender is widely recognized as an important variable in the study of victims and the criminal justice system. However, studies concerning comparisons of the needs of victims at various relational distances to the offender are lacking. The authors studied how the victim's need for protection and punishment correlated to the victim's relational distance to the offender. The authors distinguished more than the usual two victim-offender relationships (known vs. stranger offender), so that the needs of victims at intermediate relational distance (offender is known to the victim, but not an intimate) to the offender might become visible. A total of 370 victims were interviewed about their reasons for reporting the crime. Respondents were divided into three groups: small (intimates), intermediate (nonintimates), and large (strangers) relational distance. While controlling for gender of the victim and type of crime, the needs of victims were found to vary with the relational distance to the offender.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)222-238
Number of pages17
JournalVictims & Offenders
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2019

Keywords

  • DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
  • EXPERIENCES
  • GENDER
  • JUSTICE
  • OFFENDER RELATIONSHIP
  • PERCEPTIONS
  • POLICE
  • protection
  • punishment
  • relational distance
  • victim needs
  • victim-offender relationship

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