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Publication Violent Crime by Strangers and Nonstrangers

Michael R. Rand, Anita D. Timrots

January 1, 1987    NCJ 103702

Among violent crimes, robbery was most likely and homicide was least likely to be committed by a stranger. Most violent crimes by strangers (70 percent) were committed against males, while most by relatives (77 percent) were committed against females. Spouses or ex-spouses committed over half of all crimes by relatives and about two-thirds of all crimes by relatives against women. Crimes by strangers were more often committed by two or more offenders than were crimes by nonstrangers. Stranger-to-stranger crimes more often involved a weapon but less often resulted in attack or injury than did crimes by a nonstranger. Crimes by relatives involved attack and injury more often than did stranger or acquaintance crimes. However, of those injured, victims of stranger and acquaintance crimes were more likely to require medical attention than victims of crimes by relatives. 11 tables.

Part of the Criminal Victimization: National Crime Victimization Survey Series

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