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On the Correlates of Reporting Assault to the Police in Malawi

Sidebottom, AL; (2015) On the Correlates of Reporting Assault to the Police in Malawi. The British Journal of Criminology: an international review of crime and society , 55 (2) pp. 381-389. 10.1093/bjc/azu083. Green open access

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Abstract

It is well known that many victims of crime do not notify the police. Research suggests that factors related to the victim, crime event and wider community are all implicated in the decision to report victimization. Few studies have investigated the correlates of victim reporting in developing countries, mainly owing to a lack of relevant data. It is therefore unclear whether the determinants of victim reporting in Western industrialized countries are generalizable to low-income developing settings. This paper explores the factors associated with victims reporting assault to the police in the African context of Malawi, using data from a nationally representative household survey. Results of a multilevel logistic regression indicate some similarities with the Western criminological literature, such as age of the victim and crime seriousness positively correlating with crime reporting. Other results seem to reflect the distinctive characteristics of Malawi, with victims more likely to report being assaulted if they are male, have access to a working phone or live in urban areas. The results illustrate the importance of studying criminological phenomena across a diverse range of settings. Implications of the findings for future research and crime prevention are discussed.

Type: Article
Title: On the Correlates of Reporting Assault to the Police in Malawi
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azu083
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azu083
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (ISTD). This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/), which permits unrestricted reuse, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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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/1453013
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