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Your homicide risk depends on your social network

Your homicide risk depends on your social network

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Results indicate that the risk of homicide is highly concentrated within the study community: 41 percent of all gun homicides in the study community occurred within a social network containing less than 4 percent of the neighborhood’s population.


Social distance to a homicide victim is negatively and strongly associated with individual victimization: each social tie removed from a homicide victim decreases one’s odds of being a homicide victim by approximately 57 percent.

That’s from a new paper by Yale sociologists Andrew V. Papachristos and Christopher Wildeman.

Thinking about high-violence neighborhoods you work with directly or indirectly, what initial conclusions do you draw.

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