Silicon Valley Notebook


Emily Szabelski


This study explored the health consequences of violent crime. Experiences from a subset of 1059 violence victims who responded to the 2010 National Crime Victimization Survey were examined to consider factors that may affect poorer health outcomes for some victims. Supported by Agnew’s Strain Theory, regression analysis found that victims who required medical attention, had weapons used in the attacks, and had close relationship with the attacker experienced more mental and physical health problems. Findings about these “strains” contributed to the body of literature on the victimology of violent crimes. Ten professionals, who were interviewed for this study, emphasized that mental health problems persisted longer than the initial physical injuries from which the bodies can heal.