The role of visibility for a minority’s exposure to (hate) crime and worry about crime : a study of the Traveller community

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title The role of visibility for a minority’s exposure to (hate) crime and worry about crime : a study of the Traveller community
Author(s) Wallengren, Simon ; Mellgren, Caroline
Date 2015
English abstract
This study examines Travellers, a subset of the Roma minority; exposure to (hate) crime; and worry about criminal victimization in Sweden. Previous research has shown that the Roma in many respects constitute a marginalized group that is vulnerable to both discrimination and other criminal acts. This is problematic since there is a risk that minorities who are victims of crimes may be further stigmatized and may also lose cultural expression. The data are collected from a sample of Travellers living in the Gothenburg region of Sweden (N 1⁄4 121). Approximately one fifth of the respondents stated that they had experienced anti-Roma motivated victimization during the previous 12 months and as many as 84% stated that they had been the victims of such a crime at some point during their lifetime. The respondents also reported a high level of worry about criminal victimization, and 3 out of 10 respondents stated that their quality of life was highly affected by worry about crime. Further, a tendency was noted toward a higher degree of victi- mization, but a lower degree of worry, among those respondents who were open about their ethnicity by comparison with those who were not.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0269758015592108 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Sage
Host/Issue International review of victimology;3
Volume 21
ISSN 0269-7580
Pages 303-319
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) hate crime
Roma
Sweden
traveller
victimization
visibility
worry
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/19285 (link to this page)

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