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Presenting a clear definition of violent crime, its correlates, and its impacts, this text covers historical trends, poverty and abuse, sociological theory, psychological theory, biological factors, and institutional influences. Written in an easily accessible format, the classic textbook layout provides over 150 photos, action boxes, case studies, tables and charts, references, and a glossary. Each chapter includes an outline, key concepts and issues, and review questions, and a companion website provides interactive learning, updates, study guides, and related references. An ancillary package for instructors is available with qualifying course adoption.