Date of Award




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


School of Criminal Justice

Content Description

1 online resource (ix, 173 pages) : illustrations (some color)

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Colin Loftin

Committee Members

Alan Lizotte, Robert Apel, Justin Pickett


NCVS, Repeat Victimization, Victimology, Telephone, Victims of crimes surveys, Victims of crimes, Crime prevention, Crime analysis, Recidivism

Subject Categories



In my dissertation I examine two pieces of criminological knowledge in order to explore the point at which they converge. First, crime victims call the police for a variety of reasons, one of which is to stop future attacks; and second, research suggests that previous victimization is a significant predictor of future victimization. In my research I seek to expand current knowledge about repeat victimization using the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). I examine repeat victimization at the individual level, with crimes of violence, and at the household level, by examining residential burglary. But my project expands on existing knowledge of repeat victimization by using the NCVS longitudinally, because I believe that one way to get a clearer picture of repeat victimization is by including time variant factors (e.g., changes in marital status, different household) along with time invariant factors.

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Criminology Commons