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Any Girl Can Call the Cops, No Problem: The Influence of Gender on Support for the Decision to Report Criminal Victimization Within Homeless Communities

NCJ Number
British Journal of Criminology Volume: 50 Issue: 2 Dated: March 2010 Pages: 278-295
Date Published
March 2010
18 pages

This paper examines the influence of the 'anti-snitching code' on attitudes towards reporting criminal victimization among the homeless.


Using research data from a study of criminal victimization, this study analyses how gender structures attitudes towards crime reporting, creating what is termed a 'chivalry exception' to the 'anti-snitching code'. In essence, the chivalry exception is a form of benevolent sexism that embodies the belief that women are inherently vulnerable and thus in need of greater protection. This exception is rejected by many women, some of whom reject it as symbolic of female vulnerability, whereas others remain fearful of retaliatory violence. These findings have larger implications for future efforts to address failures to report crime by homeless female victims. Tables and references (Published Abstract)

Date Published: March 1, 2010