Vol. 2, Issue 2 (2017)
Determinants of victim willingness to report crime: A case of the Uganda national household governance survey
Author(s): Douglas Andabati Candia, Abraham Yeyo Owino, Ronald Wesonga
Abstract: The main purpose of this study was to identify determinants of reporting crime to the police in Uganda. The assessment was done using a logistic regression model and secondary data from the Uganda National Governance Baseline Survey (2013) comprising of 3750 households selected country-wide using a three stage stratified cluster sampling design . The decision by a victim to report crime or not was significantly affected by sex, age, region, whether one has ever been coerced against seeking justice by the police and whether one knows how to lodge a complaint with the police. The probability of reporting crime was expected to increase among; males, persons aged 31 and above, residents of Eastern Uganda, persons who know how to lodge a complaint with the police and have ever been coerced against seeking justice by the police. The study recommended promoting girl child education, sensitizing women and men on the rights of women, increasing awareness of institutions through which women can seek justice other than the police such as the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) and Uganda Association of Women Lawyers (FIDA). Empowering local council courts to handle and settle disputes especially those regarding domestic violence and petty conflicts and youths sensitization and discouraged against taking the law into their own hands coupled by restoring citizen trust in the police force.