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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)469-484
Number of pages16
JournalViolence and Victims
Volume24
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Health(social science)
  • Law

Keywords

  • Childhood victimization
  • Male and female prisoners
  • Physical assault
  • Sexual assault

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