This study explores the nature and outcome of violent incidents experienced by child, adolescent, adult, and elderly victims. Data from the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) are used to determine whether there are differences in the situational characteristics—including
location, time of day, weapons, and the victim–offender relationship—of violent victimization experiences across the 4 age groups, including whether situational characteristics influence the likelihood of victim injury. Results indicate that victim injury is most prevalent among
adult victims and that the situational characteristics of violent incidents vary by victim age, as do the correlates of victim injury. These findings suggest that of the nature of violent victimization should be examined within the context of victim age, and supports research by scholars who
have proposed a model of developmental victimology to identify age-specific victimization patterns.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: April 1, 2017
This article was made available online on January 27, 2017 as a Fast Track article with title: "The Violent Victimization of Children, Adolescents, Adults, and the Elderly: Situational Characteristics and Victim Injury".
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