Arbetsrapport, Institutet för Framtidsstudier - Institute for Futures Studies
Våldsutvecklingen i Sverige - En presentation och analys av sjukvårdsdata
Abstract: In Scandinavia as in many other parts of Europe, violence
constitutes an important focus for the public and political debate on
crime. Much of what is said in the public debate, and done in the field of
criminal policy, stems from a perception that violence is on the increase.
This paper presents a new social indicator of trends in violence – Swedish
hospital admissions resulting from acts of violence – and evaluates this
measure in the light of more traditional indicators of violence – crime
statistics, victim surveys and homicide statistics. The hospital data
comprise 90,000 admissions from the years 1974-2002. The results show that
admissions caused by violence are more numerous in the 1970s and 1990s and
fewer in the 1980s. Nothing in the hospital data indicates an increase in
hospital admissions resulting from serious violent incidents over this
period. No increase is noted in either fractures or knife and gunshot
wounds. Thus the continuous upward trend noted in crime statistics is not
verified. Instead the hospital data serve to verify the more stable trends
indicated by victim surveys and lethal violence statistics.
Keywords: Våldsutveckling i Sverige; sjukvårdsdata; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: K00; (follow links to similar papers)
46 pages, March 2005
ISSN 1652-120X ISBN 91-89655-62-1
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