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Criminals and Victims$
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W. David Allen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804762526

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804762526.001.0001

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The Decision to Resist

The Decision to Resist

(p.182) Chapter 8 The Decision to Resist
Criminals and Victims
Stanford University Press

Resistance is a form of self-protection a victim engages in order to defend himself/herself against violence. This chapter discusses the factors that influence or motivate crime victims to resist crimes, and investigates the conditions under which resistance occurs and when it either provokes or prevents a criminal assault. The chapter also presents an empirical analysis of the determinants of victim resistance and victim's selections among three forms of resistance: physical resistance, verbal resistance and victim flight.

Keywords:   resistance, self-protection, violence, criminal assault, assault, physical resistance, verbal resistance, victim flight

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