2020 Undergraduate Research Showcase


Impacts of Violent Crime on Age and Gender

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Dr. Kristin Snopkowski


Crime is universal in any population, but for forensic anthologists, a more focused understanding of victim characteristics may be useful during a criminal investigation. Past studies correlated violent crimes, victim characteristics, and areas where crimes are committed, but this project will examine the relationship between the victim’s gender and age and the type of violent crime committed against them. Datasets from the US Census Bureau and criminal records from Californian police departments will be compared in order to examine the relationship between victim characteristics and the type of violent crime committed. Based on prior research, I predict that females in their mid-twenties to mid-thirties will more likely be victims of domestic violence, males in their late teens to early twenties are more likely to be victims of homicide, and aim to find other correlations as well. By conducting this research, results may lead to a better understanding of what types of violence different demographics are more likely to encounter and allow for the development of policies to reduce violent crime.

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