This article on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) provides an overview of crime-related trauma incidents. From the article: "This article highlights general population studies of crime-related PTSD that provide descriptive characteristics of crime events and information relevant to the study of PTSD etiology. Following a brief overview of critical issues in research on crime and its effects, the article is divided into two major areas: Prevalence, descriptive characteristics, and risk factors for exposure to crime events; and Prevalence, and risk factors for PTSD. Given the critical role of event characteristics in the etiology of PTSD based on the combat trauma literature, it is important to recognize the need to study the detailed characteristics of different types of crime in-depth. Information about PTSD etiology can be gained from and/ or cross-validated using new populations other than combat veterans. The study of crime-related trauma permits examination of varied trauma and individual characteristics. Furthermore, crime is much more than an academic issue. Unfortunately, crime is an ongoing threat, both for individuals previously victimized who may continue to live in fear as well as for those who may falsely believe that they are invulnerable to crime. Thus, study of crime victims also allows us to look at individuals who have recently been exposed to extreme stressor events and to follow the course of PTSD and other outcomes over time."
National Center for PTSD: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/
PTSD Research Quarterly (Summer 1994), v.5 no.3