Victim responses to violence: the effect of alcohol context on crime labeling

Author(s) Brennan, Iain
Title Victim responses to violence: the effect of alcohol context on crime labeling
Source Journal of Interpersonal Violence, published online before print 2 January 2015; pp. 1-25
Date 2015
Document type Journal article
Coverage United Kingdom
Summary The study aims to address the way in which victims of violent crimes which are alcohol fuelled, view certain behaviours and whether the setting in which a crime takes place removes the acknowledgment that victimisation has occurred.  The article focuses on barroom violence and the decision of victims to view the violence as a crime or whether the atmosphere and presence of alcohol weakens the capacity of victims to label the incident as a crime. The author hypothesised that being in a barroom at the time of victimisation will reduce the likelihood of the incident being regarded as a crime. The study uses a pooled sample from the British Crime Survey and found that the nature of violence within barrooms is disregarded as a criminal offence by victims as the violent outbursts are not only underreported, but under labelled as well.
Keywords Violence; alcohol and drugs; community violence; criminology
Topic ​Victimisation