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  NCJ Number: NCJ 184447     Find in a Library
  Title: Measuring Violence Against Women: Recommendations From an Interagency Workshop
  Document URL: PDF 
  Editor(s): Jolene Hernon
  Journal: National Institute of Justice Journal  Dated:October 2000  Pages:18 to 19
  Date Published: 10/2000
  Page Count: 2
  Series: NIJ Journal
  Annotation: This article summarizes the proceedings and recommendations from an interagency workshop intended to advance the measurement of violence against women and the performance of sound research.
  Abstract: The workshop, sponsored by the Federal Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services, had three general goals. One goal was to share information on the current state of data collection and measurement of violence against women, especially intimate partner violence and sexual violence. A second goal was to identify the gaps in and limitations of existing data systems for collecting information about these types of violence against women. The third goal was to develop recommendations about data-collection and measurement that would assist researchers in better describing and tracking violence against women in order to better prevent and respond to it. The basis for the workshop discussions consisted of background papers on several key issues, including definitional and methodological issues and the collection of national, State, and local data that reflect both public health and criminal justice perspectives. Workshop participants divided violence against women into five major components: physical violence, sexual violence, threats of physical and/or sexual violence, stalking, and psychological/emotional abuse. Participants recommended that in future writings the phrase "violence and abuse against women" be used to refer to the combination of all five components; whereas, the first three components alone should be called "violence against women." Other recommendations pertain to estimation of the size of the problem, interpretation of data, ensuring confidentiality and safety, and continuing scientific collaboration.
  Main Term(s): Female victims
  Index Term(s): Data collection devices ; Violent crimes ; Data collection ; Crime analysis
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  Type: Conference Material
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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