The relationship between a person’s criminal history, immediate situational factors, and lethal versus non-lethal events.

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Ganpat, Soenita Minakoemarie, van der Leun, Joanne and Nieuwbeerta, Paul 2015. The relationship between a person’s criminal history, immediate situational factors, and lethal versus non-lethal events. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260515593297
AuthorsGanpat, Soenita Minakoemarie, van der Leun, Joanne and Nieuwbeerta, Paul
Abstract

When investigating serious violence, studies tend to look primarily at offenders and their background. This study investigates the influence of offenders’ and victims’ criminal history and immediate situational factors on the likelihood that violent events will end lethally. For this purpose, we compare lethal with non-lethal events, and combine Dutch criminal records with data from court files of those involved in lethal (i.e., homicide, n = 126) versus non-lethal events (i.e., attempted homicide, n = 141). Results reveal that both criminal history and immediate situational factors clearly matter for the outcome of violent events; however, immediate situational factors have the strongest effect on violent outcomes.

When investigating serious violence, studies tend to look primarily at
offenders and their background. This study investigates the influence of
offenders’ and victims’ criminal history and immediate situational factors on
the likelihood that violent events will end lethally. For this purpose, we
compare lethal with non-lethal events, and combine Dutch criminal records
with data from court files of those involved in lethal (i.e., homicide, n = 126)
versus non-lethal events (i.e., attempted homicide, n = 141). Results reveal
that both criminal history and immediate situational factors clearly matter
for the outcome of violent events; however, immediate situational factors
have the strongest effect on violent outcomes.

KeywordsHomicide; Violence
Year2015
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
PublisherSage
ISSN08862605
15526518
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260515593297
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/622218
hdl:10545/622218
Publication dates20 Jul 2015
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ContributorsNottingham Trent University, Leiden University, Loughborough University, UK, Leiden University, The Netherlands and Leiden University, The Netherlands
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