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Is there a Correlation between being involved in an Accident and Violent Victimization?

Salminen S*

Journal Title:Ergonomics International Journal

The aim of this study is to examine the link from victim’s perspective. Criminological research had approached the link between crime and injury from the perspective of offenders as in the self-control theory of criminality. Based on the accident proneness theory, we suggest that a person involved in an accident is more likely to be a victim of violence. Our representative sample consisted of 7 193 Finnish people over 15 years of age in 2009. Results showed that victims of violence were at a five-fold risk of being involved in a traffic accident and at more than a two-fold risk of sustaining accidents at work or at home compared to other. Our results support both theories.