Criminal Victimization of the Deaf

Criminal Victimization of the Deaf
Lauren M. Barrow
June 2008

ISBN-13:  978-1-59332-272-4 / Hardcover
Dimensions:  5.5 x 8.5 / x, 198 pages

Price   $62.00

Description

Barrow measures the rate of criminal victimization of persons who are Deaf using a culturally and linguistically sensitive research instrument. She explores the hypotheses that persons who are Deaf are victimized at rates disproportionately higher than their hearing counterparts. The findings confirm that persons who are Deaf are more likely to be victimized sexually and violently, although there did not appear to be any differences with respect to property crimes. Further, persons who are Deaf are more likely to know their offenders; and the offenders are more likely to be members of the hearing community. And finally, persons who are Deaf are disenfranchised from mainstream culture, resulting in limited information acquisition regarding the general practices and policies of criminal justice personnel, including the police, prosecutors and judges.

About the Author

Lauren M. Barrow earned a Ph.D. in criminal justice from the Graduate Center, City University of New York – John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2007. She taught college and university-level criminal justice courses for ten years. Her research endeavors focus on the equal administration of justice to the marginalized members of our community, especially the non-verbal members of society.