Brown Bag Lunch Discusses Repeat Victimization in the LGBT Community: Social Status or Lifestyle?

Posted on 10/13/2014 11:34:21 AM

Zavin Nazaretian, of IUP’s Criminology Department, will present “Repeat Victimization in the LGBT Community: Social Status or Lifestyle?” at the Brown Bag lunch series on Friday, October 17, from 12:20-1:10 p.m. in Uhler Hall, Room 111. 

This research examines the victimization experienced by the LGBT community and seeks to understand if traditional criminological theories that explain victimization can be applied. Specifically, Routine Activity theory is juxtaposed against social status indicators to examine whether LGBT victimization is due to lifestyle or an unequal status designation in society.

Research for this study was conducted using the Canadian Victimization Survey, the only nationally representative study of victimization that identifies one's sexuality. Findings suggest that the LGBT community in Canada has replaced Aboriginal Canadians as the most victimized group in Canada and that there is a need to adapt current theories which do not fully explicate LGBT repeat victimization.