A new study from the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics finds that 68% of victims of serious violent crimes suffer socio-emotional problems as a result of the victimization. These problems include moderate to severe emotional distress, increased relationship problems, and disruptions at school or work. The study looked at data on victims of crimes such as sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault from 2009 to 2012.
- victims of violence from their intimate partners were five times more likely to have socio-emotional problems than those who were victims of violence by strangers and
- about three-quarters of victims who suffered serious physical injury (such as sexual assault, robbery, violence with a firearm, or violence requiring medical treatment) experienced socio-emotional problems, compared to 51% of simple assault victims (which does not involve serious injuries).