n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - The impact of victimization on fear of crime

Volume 19, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



Crime impacts significantly on the lives of members of society, either directly or indirectly. Since it is an emotional issue, crime makes members of society susceptible to ideological manipulation and rationalisation. However, certain members of society appear to be disproportionately affected by their fear of crime in relation to their apparent chances of becoming victims of crime. The focus of this article is to analyse the impact of recent victimisation on victims' perceptions of vulnerability and their subsequent concern about and fear of crime. This was done by means of a quantitative analysis of the results and contextualisation of criminal victimisation described below which emerged from the data collected as part of the International Crime Victim Survey (ICVS) in which South Africa participated or the fourth time in 2004.

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