Routine activities and involvement in violence as actor, witness, or target

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This research examines the effects of an active 'night life' on involvement in interpersonal violence as either an actor, a witness, or a target. The results show that males with an active night life are more likely to witness as well as participate in violent encounters, whereas an active night life is not a risk factor for females. The fact that night life affects witnessing violence, and engaging in nondomestic but not domestic violence, supports a routine activity approach over other explanations. The results also show that young men, and men without family obligations, are more likely to be involved in nondomestic violence, in part because they go out at night more frequently.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)209-221
Number of pages13
JournalViolence and Victims
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Health(social science)
  • Law


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