Silent Victims in the Public Eye : Socially Vulnerable EU Citizens' Exposure to Crime and Its Consequences.

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Silent Victims in the Public Eye : Socially Vulnerable EU Citizens' Exposure to Crime and Its Consequences.
Author Wallengren, Simon ; Mellgren, Caroline
Date 2018
English abstract
This study used thematic analysis to explore 28 socially vulnerable European Union (EU) citizens who support themselves by begging in public spaces in Malmo, Sweden, their exposure to crime, and the consequences of victimization. The analysis revolved around the following themes: daily harassment in public spaces, multiple motives for victimization, strategies to combat victimization, and consequences of victimization. The participants described that they lived in a constant state of stress, due to their marginalized life situation and a fear of becoming victimized in public spaces while begging. Study participants claimed that it was not their ethnicity but rather the activity of begging and their overall vulnerable life situation together with a label as "non-Swedish" that motivate offenders to commit attacks against them. The discussion concludes by presenting a number of policy implications.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260518754872 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Publisher Sage
Host/Issue Journal of Interpersonal Violence;
ISSN 0886-2605
Language eng (iso)
Subject Sweden
hate crime
socially vulnerable EU citizens
victimization
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/26683 Permalink to this page
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