The consequences of childhood victimization: Will migrating away help?

Cary Wu, York University; Jagdeep Heir, York University

Childhood victimization often results in higher fear of crime, lower sense of belonging, higher perception of being unsafe, and lower general well-being. In response, victims are more likely to move away from the place where they were victimized. Nonetheless, no research has considered whether moving away will help minimize the negative effects of childhood victimization. Drawing on data from the Canadian General Social Survey (2014), in this article we compare the differences in a list of widely-discussed consequences of childhood victimization between victims who moved away and those who stayed. We find that moving away does not seem to help victims recover from their childhood trauma. Findings of this research suggest that childhood victimization has long-term consequences in shaping people’s value orientations and social behaviors.

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