Reciprocal effects of victimization and routine activities

Author(s)Averdijk, Margit
Title Reciprocal effects of victimization and routine activities
Source Journal of Quantitative Criminology,June 2011, Vol 27, Issue 2, pp125-149
Date 2011 
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary This article explores the relationship between victimisation and routine activities. The longitudinal study uses the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) which contains victimisation data from the United States. The first hypothesis in the study is that individuals restrict risky routine activities after victimisation and expanding on this, the hypothesis that victims of serious victimisations are more likely to restrict their activities than victims of less serious victimisations. The third hypothesis was that individuals who undertake less risky routine activities reduce their victimisation risk. The routine activity items in the data from the NCVS were related to shopping, spending an evening away from home and household security devices. An interesting result was that violent victimisation leads to less shopping but not to spending fewer evenings away from home. It was also found that the results relating to routine activities influencing victimisation risk were insignificant. Further research is recommended, particularly in regard to more detailed descriptions of routine activities in the survey design.   
Keywords Victimisation; revictimisation; routine activities 
Topic Victimisation