While many studies examine the relationship between neighborhoods and violent crime, relatively few of these explore neighborhood processes by gender. Even rarer is the study that focuses explicitly on how neighborhoods are perceived and negotiated by women who are offenders themselves. Using event history calendar data from incarcerated women (WEV) coupled with geo-coded neighborhood data from Baltimore, we examine the relationship between neighborhood disadvantage, violent offending and victimization, and women’s perceptions of neighborhood safety. In particular we assess the ways in which geographic mobility (where and why women move within the city) condition violent experiences and perceptions of safety in their new environments.
Presentation: American Society of Criminology 2011 (Washington DC)