30 Crim. Just. & Behavior 3 (2003)

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FOREWORD




I  have  enjoyed working  with the authors on this special issue of
   Criminal Justice and Behavior. The issue is a collection of manu-
scripts submitted in response to a call for papers on the general topic of
victimology. A considerable response was received, resulting in two
special issues of peer-reviewed articles. In this first issue, articles on
the topics of victimization and domestic violence are presented. The
first two articles focus on sexual victimization and burglary victimiza-
tion, the third on fear and risk of victimization among juvenile correc-
tional officers in two juvenile corrections centers, and the last three on
domestic or relationship violence.
   The first article addresses sexual victimization of college women.
Bonnie  Fisher and  her colleagues use a large national sample  to
uncover the level and determinants of victims' willingness to report
their sexual victimization. As was found in many previous studies in
which victimization in general was examined, Fisher et al. report that
only a low percentage of college women who  are sexually victimized
report these victimizations to the police. There are a variety of reasons
why  women  do not report such incidents. What is particularly illumi-
nating is that these same women  will disclose the victimization to
someone  else (most typically to friends) but not to the police. The
authors offer valid and cogent explanations for their observations,
something  that is often missing  or not fully developed  in other
research articles on the topic.
   In the second article, George Capowich examines residential bur-
glary looking for variations in burglary victimization across neighbor-
hoods  with different social orders. His hypothesis, derived from
Bursik and Grasmick's  (1993) systemic victimization model, is that
there is an inverse relationship between the strength of neighborhood
ecological social order and residential burglary victimization. Using


CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND BEHAVIOR, Vol. 30 No. 1, February 2003 3-5
DOI: 10.1177/0093854802239160
0 2003 American Association for Correctional Psychology


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