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The victimisation of dependent drug users: Findings from a European study, UK

Stevens, Alex, Berto, Daniele, Frick, Ulrich, Kerschl, Viktoria, McSweeney, Tim, Schaaf, Susanne, Tartari, Morena, Turnbull, Paul J., Trinkl, Barbara, Uchtenhagen, Ambros, and others. (2007) The victimisation of dependent drug users: Findings from a European study, UK. European Journal of Criminology, 4 (4). pp. 385-408. ISSN 1477-3708. (doi:10.1177/1477370807080719) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:13337)

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This article contributes to the literature on drug users, victimisation 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 victimisation. Sub-groups who were particularly vulnerable to crime included 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 victimisation, while only gender and a history of anxiety were significantly predictive of property victimisation. The article discusses how these findings relate to theoretical approaches to victimisation, in both positivist and critical frameworks.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/1477370807080719
Projects: Quasi-compulsory treatment of drug dependent offenders (QCT Europe)
Uncontrolled keywords: Drugs, Mental Health, Social Exclusion, Treatment, Victimization
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Alex Stevens
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2009 10:15 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 09:51 UTC
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