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Situational Crime Prevention in Sexual Offenses Against Women: Offenders Tell Us What Works and What Doesn’t

Chiu, YN; Leclerc, B; Reynald, DM; Wortley, R; (2020) Situational Crime Prevention in Sexual Offenses Against Women: Offenders Tell Us What Works and What Doesn’t. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology 10.1177/0306624X20919712. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

This study examined the perceived effectiveness of situational crime prevention (SCP) in sexual assault as rated by 140 offenders convicted for sex offenses against women in Australia. Participants were presented with three scenarios and asked to rate the perceived effectiveness of SCP techniques relating to guardianship, victim self-protective behavior, and crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED). Results indicate that the effectiveness of SCP methods was perceived to vary across different contexts. For offenses occurring in the private setting of an offender’s home, victim self-protective behavior was seen as most effective, followed by guardianship and CPTED. In public settings, although the perceived effectiveness of victim self-protective behavior remained the same, guardianship and CPTED were rated as significantly more effective. Further variations were identified regarding specific strategies. Findings highlight the nuances of offender decision making in different situations and environments, and provide the first empirical comparisons of SCP perceptions among sex offenders.

Type: Article
Title: Situational Crime Prevention in Sexual Offenses Against Women: Offenders Tell Us What Works and What Doesn’t
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0306624X20919712
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0306624X20919712
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: situational crime prevention, guardianship, hypothetical scenarios, crime prevention through environmental design, sexual offenses
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Security and Crime Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10101336
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