The Internet appears to make partner harassment easier

New research examining college student perceptions of the aggressive use of technology in intimate relationships suggests that “cyber harassment” differs from traditional harassment and domestic violence in a number of ways.

According to a report in The Seattle Times, information was collected from several focus groups of college students about Read More »

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31 articles about Canadian police-reported crime rates last year

Crime rates are released every year in Canada in late July. This year, StatsCan released police-reported crime statistics for 2009 last week, on July 20. I’ll share links to 31 different articles on the release in a moment, but first I need to note Read More »

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Understanding Crime will return Monday, July 26

Taking a mid-summer blogging break.

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Methadone treatment a balancing act between getting to zero-use and saving lives

A three decade study of Edinburgh heroin abusers suggests that methadone is effective in stabilizing and lengthening life, according to a report from the BBC.

The BBC quoted lead researcher Dr. Roy Robertson of Edinburgh University as saying, “This study confirms that methadone works and works best when prescribed for Read More »

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How to Reduce Street Crime in Denmark

ResearchBlogging.orgDanish crime prevention efforts focussed on structural and societal factors that influence families during the adolescence of young males would probably have the largest effect on preventing crimes committed by those males, according to a huge study of young men in Denmark.

Authored by Keith Soothill and colleagues, the study was published in the British Journal of Criminology.

Testing Four Competing Explanations of Crime

The researchers set out to use information about a large number of young Danish males to test different crime reduction Read More »

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How many resources should go to treating sex-offenders with a low risk of re-offending?

The state of Delaware in the United States seems to be spending unnecessary millions on housing, treating, and registering young people who have committed sex crimes but who pose little risk of offending again, according to research by Chrysanthi S. Leon and colleagues.

The researchers came to this conclusion after looking at recent state policy changes and comparing the people sentenced under them with offenders sentenced under similar policies in other states. They found Read More »

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Pot use and future non-drug crime don’t go hand-in-hand

Cannabis use doesn’t appear to cause criminal behaviour later in life that’s not a result of using illegal drugs in the first place, according to recent research reported on by Eric W. Dolan at PsyPost.

Researchers drew their data from two sources: the Young in Norway Longitudinal Study, which collected data from young people at regualar intervals from the age of 13 to 27, and from individual-level official crime statistics. This gave Read More »

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People who suppress anger may want to think twice before getting tanked

A study of 3,000 Norwegian youths has found a link between suppressed anger, alcohol, and violence, according to this report from United Press International.

The data was drawn from the second and third waves of the Norway Longitudinal Study, which surveyed the same cohort of young people in 1994 and again in 1999. The young people were 16 and 17 in 1994 and 21 and 22 in 1999. Researchers used three groups of information on the youth in their analysis: alcohol use, suppression of anger, and violence. Read More »

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Abortion-seekers more likely to be victims of intimate partner violence

Women seeking abortion appear to experience high risk for intimate partner violence, according to new research covered by Kate Fowler of The Daily Iowan.

The clinic-based research was done in Iowa. Private, computerized questionnaires were given to 986 women over an 8.5 month period. The surveys assessed different types of intimate partner violence experienced over the previous 12 months. According to the study’s abstract, 9.9 per cent of respondents reported physical violence and 2.5 per cent reported sexual violence. According to the news article, 74 per cent of those who reported violence said it had been done by former partners. Neither the abstract nor the news article noted how the general population compares.

Audrey F. Saftlas and colleagues published the research in the American Journal of Public Health.

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Avoid impatient drunkards late at night, especially when impatient or drunk yourself

It’s good to have research to back up the things you’d probably guess based on logic alone. Take, for example, new research reported by Madeleine Brindley of the South Wales Echo. It appears that both as victims and aggressors, the impatient have higher chances of violent encounters at night that involve alcohol.

Passersby in the city centre – the article doesn’t name the city – were asked questions of two types: about their attitudes to time and risk and about any violence they’d been involved in during the past year.  Based on the responses of more than 800 men and women, the study also found that the ones responsible for this type of violence didn’t believe legal punishments are as severe as they are.

The research was published by James Foreman-Peck and Simon C. Moore, both of Cardiff University, in the International Review of Law and Economics.

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