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Characteristics of Victim

Victim-Offender relationship
This variable describes the victim's relationship to the offender. To be included in the "Victims of Domestic Violence" extract, the victim-offender relationship had to fall into one of the following categories:
  • Spouse - includes common-law spouse
  • Parent or step-parent
  • Sibling or step-sibling
  • Child or step-child
  • Grandparent
  • Grandchild
  • In-law
  • Other family member
  • Boyfriend/Girlfriend
  • Child of boyfriend/girlfriend
  • Homosexual relationship
  • Ex-spouse
For the "Victims of Violence" extract, the following groups are used:
  • Family - includes spouse (including common-law); parent, sibling, child, grandparent, grandchild, in-law, step-parent, step-child, step-sibling, or other family member.
  • Acquaintance - includes acquaintance, friend, neighbor, babysittee (the baby), boyfriend/girlfriend, child of boyfriend/girlfriend, homosexual relationship, ex-spouse, employee/employer, or otherwise known.
  • Stranger - victim was a stranger.
  • Other - victim was offender.
  • Unknown - the relationship of the victim to the offender was unknown.
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