Physical sequelae of crime

Apart from the immediate direct physical injuries caused by crime, there are often indirect negative health consequences. In general, people who have experienced crime have a poorer perception of their physical health, more limitations on their physical functioning, and more chronic medical conditions. (23) Physical and sexual assault are associated with increased cigarette consumption, alcohol and other drug abuse, health-care neglect, risky sexual behaviour, and eating disorders. (24) Shepherd and Farrington(25) have suggested that a young man from a deprived urban area may suffer 60 years of incapacity as a result of injury, reduced quality of life, and self esteem.

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