Title

Victim Profiles

Document Type

Contribution to Book

Publication Date

2014

Publication Title

Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice

DOI

10.1002/9781118517383

ISBN

9780470670286

Abstract

Victim profiles refer to either the distinctive demographic characteristics of crime victims (e.g., age, race, and sex) or individual traits (e.g., self-control and genetic factors) that correspond to having a greater probability of victimization. Victim profiles assume that victimization is not a random event. In fact, the data show that many factors are linked with victimization risk.