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Title: Layers of Resistance: Understanding Decision-Making Processes in Relation to Crime Reporting
Authors: Hardy, Stevie-Jade
First Published: 2019
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: International Review of Victimology, 2019, In Press
Abstract: Under-reporting has been a longstanding problem for criminal justice agencies, which masks the true scale of crime taking place and prevents victims from accessing justice and support. Using empirical evidence collected from more than 2,000 victims who came from different backgrounds and who had experienced different forms of crimes, this article proposes a new theoretic model to enhance our understanding of under-reporting. This model highlights that victim decision-making is influenced by structural, social, situational and individual barriers which interact symbiotically to create layers of resistance to reporting. The article concludes by considering what steps academics, policy-makers and practitioners can take to dismantle these barriers and to improve reporting rates.
ISSN: 0269-7580
eISSN: 2047-9433
Links: TBA
Embargo on file until: 1-Jan-10000
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2019, SAGE Publications. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy. (
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