The authors' final version is posted here. Published in Criminal Justice Studies, v.18, iss. 2 (2005): 215-235. Copyright 2005, Taylor & Francis.
doi 10.1080/14786010500287347
This research was funded by a Dissertation Grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia (R49/CCR622427-01-1). The contents of this document are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.


The criminological literature presents substantial evidence that victims and offenders in violent crimes share demographic characteristics, engage in similar lifestyles and activities, and reside in socially disorganized neighborhoods. However, research has examined these relationships separately using either victimization or offending data, and prior studies have not examined these relationships by comparing victims and offenders within the same incidents. This limits the effect of examining whether these factors are associated with victimization and offending in similar or distinct ways. Using a law enforcement database of victims (n = 1,248) and offenders (n = 1,735) involved within the same aggravated battery incidents (n = 1,015) in Bernalillo County, New Mexico, this research explores whether victims and offenders involved in non-lethal violence share certain individual, neighborhood and situational characteristics. Results suggest that victims and offenders live in socially disorganized neighborhoods and engage in risky lifestyles and violent offending behaviors in similar proportions. These findings highlight the overlapping factors associated with victimization and offending in non-lethal violent personal crimes. The implications of these findings are discussed.


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