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Patterns of Victimization Among Male and Female Inmates: Evidence of an Enduring Legacy

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Abstract:

People inside prison have above-average rates of childhood and adult victimization. Little is known, however, about the relationship between types of victimization inside prison and that experienced in childhood. This article estimates rates of victimization for male and female inmates by type of perpetrator and form of victimization (sexual, physical, either, or both) and their association with types of childhood victimization (sexual or physical). Data for these estimates are based on a random sample of approximately 7,500 inmates housed in 12 adult male prisons and one adult female prison in a single state. The significance of the findings for practice are discussed along with recommendations to improve the health and welfare of people inside prison.

Keywords: CHILDHOOD VICTIMIZATION; MALE AND FEMALE PRISONERS; PHYSICAL ASSAULT; SEXUAL ASSAULT

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1891/0886-6708.24.4.469

Publication date: 2009-08-01

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  • Violence and Victims discusses theory, research, policy, and clinical practice in the area of interpersonal violence and victimization across such disciplines as psychology, sociology, criminology, law, medicine, nursing, psychiatry, and social work.

    The journal's 2014 Impact Factor is 0.858.
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