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Direct Victimization Experiences and Fear of Crime: A Gender Perspective

Emiliano Sironi and Leda Maria Bonazzi


Using data from the sixth round of the European Social Survey, we implement propensity score matching methods in order to test whether the presence of past experiences of direct victimization decreases citizens’ safety perception. Results confirm the hypothesis that victimization strongly increases the fear of crime; furthermore the effect is also gender specific: victimized women show higher decrease in safety perception than men.

JEL: H55; C21; H41


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