Study: Violent Crime Stays With Victims


More than two-thirds of serious crime victims experience socio-emotional problems after victimization, according to a new study by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Researchers for the study analyzed responses between 2009 and 2012 to the National Crime Victimization Survey.

Socio-emotional problems are defined as, “moderate to severe emotional distress, increased relationship problems, or disruptions at school or work resulting from the victimization.”

About 68 percent of victims rape, sexual assault, robbery and aggravated assault experienced socio-emotional problems, according to the study. An overwhelming majority of victims, 91 percent, suffered emotional problems for at least one month; more than 60 percent suffered physical symptoms for at least one month.

Victims of intimate partner violence were more than five times more likely to experience socio-emotional problems than victims of violence by strangers, and women were 2.6 times more likely than men to experience socio-emotional problems.

Read the full study HERE.

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