Theories Of Crime: The Relationship Between Victimization And Crime

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When discussing theories of crime, most turn to ideas of nature versus nurture. An important factor that is seemingly overlooked is that of previous victimisation, and how being a victim can correlate to an increased likelihood of offending in the future. Some victims of crimes vow to take their trauma and turn it into something positive and productive, while some may get stuck and find themselves in a vicious cycle of victimisation and perpetration. This phenomenon can commonly be seen in cases of violent crimes, where perpetration may be “habitual” or as a result of revenge-seeking attitudes. This essay will examine the relationship between victimisation and crime, citing violent crimes in particular. History of Victimisation Victimisation is defined as “the action of singling someone out for cruel or unjust treatment” (Victimisation, 2017). Though the fear of crime is typically higher in more vulnerable populations, anybody can become a victim of any crime. A recent article from the New York Times discussed a…show more content…
These diagnoses come with certain implications, especially if left untreated. They can manifest in dangerous ways and may eventually lead to perpetration if not properly treated. Some people with these diagnoses feel insecure, with mentions of low-self esteem, helplessness, and avoidance/detachment. Most people with the diagnoses want to attempt to feel whole and “normal” again, and without proper care and treatment, those attempts can quickly turn to aggression and revenge. With emotions unchecked, any trigger could set off an angry or violent outburst due to the overwhelming emotions associated with these events and disorders. It is rather easy to overlook these psychological implications of trauma to focus on the more timid victims, but we need to consider all possible outcomes and behaviours associated with

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