Impact of Violent Attacks: Gender, Age, and Origin Influence Long-Term Consequences

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg – A recent report from Luxembourg’s official statistics agency Statec reveals that the long-term impact of a violent attack on a victim can vary depending on factors such as gender, age, and country of origin. The study, which surveyed 5,695 residents between 2019 and 2020, found that foreign-born individuals were more likely to experience lasting consequences following a violent incident compared to Luxembourgers.

According to the report, the country of origin of the victim and their exposure to security issues in their neighborhood played significant roles in how they coped with the aftermath of a violent attack. Foreign-born victims reported a greater impact on their daily lives, rating the emotional consequences at five out of ten, while Luxembourgers rated it at four out of ten, attributed to stronger social and family ties within the community.

The presence of neighborhood problems, such as vandalism and harassment, was found to increase the emotional impact of a violent incident on the victim. The report highlighted the importance of perceived safety and orderliness in neighborhoods in promoting overall well-being and resilience among residents.

Furthermore, the study pointed out that women, individuals aged 35 to 54, and those from lower-income households were more affected by burglaries or robberies. Women reported feeling fear, anxiety, and panic attacks more frequently than men, while men were more likely to experience a loss of self-confidence following an attack.

In terms of physical injuries, men were more likely to report injuries and require medical treatment than women. Among all victims interviewed, open wounds and bruises were the most common physical injuries reported. The report emphasized the real human and social cost of violent crime on people’s well-being and quality of life in Luxembourg.

Overall, the findings of the Statec report shed light on the complex impact of violent attacks on individuals, highlighting the need for support systems and resources to help victims cope with the emotional and physical aftermath of such incidents.