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    The victimization of dependent drug users: findings from a European study, UK

    Stevens, A. and Berto, D. and Frick, U. and Kerschl, V. and McSweeney, Tim and Schaaf, S. and Tartari, M. and Turnbull, Paul J. and Trinkl, B. and Uchtenhagen, A. and Waidner, G. and Werdenich, W. (2007) The victimization of dependent drug users: findings from a European study, UK. European Journal of Criminology 4 (4), pp. 385-408. ISSN 1477-3708.

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    This article contributes to the literature on drug users, victimization and offending using data on 545 dependent drug users entering treatment in four European countries. Members of the sample were exposed to high levels of criminal victimization. Sub-groups who were particularly vulnerable to crime were women (and especially sex workers), the homeless, recent offenders and those with a history of poor mental health. Multivariate analysis indicated that frequent drug use, recent offending and histories of depression and anxiety were significantly predictive of violent victimization, and only gender and a history of anxiety were significantly predictive of property victimization. The article discusses how these findings relate to theoretical approaches to victimization, in both positivist and critical frameworks.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Drugs, mental health, social exclusion, treatment, victimization
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Crime & Justice Policy Research, Institute for
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2011 08:02
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 16:55


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