3.2 Whose Safety Counts? Street Youth, Social Exclusion, Criminal Victimization

Street youth are much more likely than domiciled youth to be victims of a broad range of crimes; in particular, young women who are homeless face increased vulnerability to violent crime, including sexual assault. While background variables (a history of violence), lifestyle, and routine activities theories have been used to explain criminal victimization, the author argues that the conditions that place street youth at risk are connected to their experiences of social exclusion in terms of restricted access to housing, employment, and public spaces.

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Hulchanski, J. David
Campsie, Philippa
Chau, Shirley B.Y.
Hwang, Stephen H.
Paradis, Emily
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Canadian Observatory on Homelessness