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Victim Precipitation and Violent Crime

Lynn A. Curtis
Social Problems
Vol. 21, No. 4 (Apr., 1974), pp. 594-605
DOI: 10.2307/799995
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/799995
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Victim Precipitation and Violent Crime
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Abstract

Victim precipitation is defined and its incidence estimated in a U. S. national sample of police reports on serious violent crime. Findings from related studies are compared. Provocation appears not uncommon in criminal homicide and aggravated assault, less frequent but still empirically noteworthy in robbery, and perhaps least relevant in forcible rape.

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