Reporting Violent Victimization to the Police: A Focus on Black, White, Asian and Hispanic Adolescent Victims
Callie Marie Rennison*, 1, Angela R. Gover1, Stacey J. Bosick2, Mary Dodge1
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2011
First Page: 54
Last Page: 67
Publisher Id: TOFAMSJ-4-54
Article History:Received Date: 3/4/2011
Revision Received Date: 25/4/2011
Acceptance Date: 27/4/2011
Electronic publication date: 14/10/2011
Collection year: 2011
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Explorations of patterns of why and when citizens report crime to police are an important area of study in the field of criminology and criminal justice. Initial National Crime Survey data suggest that a substantial proportion of crime went unreported to the authorities (i.e., law enforcement reports as reflected by the Uniform Crime Reports). The purpose of this study is to enhance our understanding about reporting violence against adolescents to the police. This research examines the extent and nature of reporting violence against juveniles to the police, and specifically focuses on how reporting differs between white, black, Asian and Hispanic adolescents. This area is important to investigate to ascertain whether all groups have equal access to the benefits of the Criminal Justice system. Additionally, understanding why adolescent victims or their agents fail to engage the criminal justice system in the wake of a violent victimization is relevant to the development of policy addressing weaknesses in the police response and the particular vulnerabilities of minority victims and their communities.