Factors that make victims vulnerable and suspectible to crime. Age, Gender, Life style and Cultural affiliation
Which types of crime are the concern? For many, there are no useful patterns of correlating factors. Victimology of domestic violence is tragically not so useful as victimology of other violent crimes: the factors you list are not predictive. Other characteristics may show very strong patterns, but not in ways that benefit potential victims or identify likely perpetrators. One hopes that with better enforcement and much more regular prosecution, with resulting data finding apt and adequate analysis, this horrifically wasteful crime will be acknowledged and the deadly secondary traumas visited on victims by ignorant maladaptive misapprehension of citizens' constitutional rights' removal and responders' and others' exponential harm to victims and these actors' own social milieu and world view, when gender and slander are subservient to dumb demand for privileges and benefits earned by the injured, out of dumb assent to emotionally erratic demands, political fealty in place of personal responsibility, favoritism over gross letter of law and changing taxpayers into dependents of the state. One correlate of domestic violence victims is they are often victimized in many simultaneous arenas, suffer multiple traumas, all augmented by the social isolation and removal of all other resources, and concomitant reduction of her perceived integrity and social merit: victims are outcast, vilified for what are seen as dubious reports, slandering the attacker, judgements as to veracity are sui generis but used to deflect cries for help, and strip the mention of the too-common and costly, just in tax dollars lost from dead or crippled wage-earners, such that the rate of assaults, poisonings, strangulations, kidnap, etc grow to overwhelm state resources, and core social structure falls apart. Police, district attorneys, smily law attorneys, judges and bailiffs, and esp mediators reify the problem to deadly proportions, family and friends can't be blamed but should not be heard as credible, for blaming victims for random targeting for hideous crimes. Yes, it can happen to anyone. Anyone who takes insult from reports of the unthinkable, that insult visited on them by the reporting victim. Asde from 60% of victims sharing a feminine gender, and histories of abuse as early as infancy, the attribute most shared is death by suicide or homiide, kidnap of their children, theft of assets and career and access to medical care, reduction to prey by refusals of the very institutions we build and staff and elect to defend and protect and promote the general welfare. To me the consequence is more interesting than the mechanisms of failures, but only because I've seen the latter too much, too up close and personal. That this is the stuff that topples empires and lays waste to civilizations is kind of a no brainer, but almost impossible to reflect on until the easily dismissed must be confronted. Here's hoping you never face this monster. But anyone in our time, in any social circumstance, is vulnerable. Try your questiont again, but be more specific: criminals can be managed just as crimes predicted. Just not if its dv and pathological narcissism.
Mar 08, 2014 |
Religion in the Age of Shakespeare