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NCJ Number: 118430 Find in a Library
Title: Domestic Violence: An Overview of the Literature
Author(s): L J F Smith
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 132
Sponsoring Agency: Her Majesty's Stationery Office
Norwich, NR3 1GN,
Publication Number: ISBN 0-11-340925-7
Sale Source: Her Majesty's Stationery Office
PO Box 29
Norwich, NR3 1GN,
United Kingdom
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This report reviews the literature on domestic violence and shows that there are no easy solutions to this multifaceted problem.
Abstract: Following an examination of terminology used in the literature to describe domestic violence, the report reviews the extent of domestic violence as determined from studies of homicide and assault, crime surveys, and civil court statistics. The nature of domestic violence is described in terms of victims, the scale and severity of violence, physical and psychological effects, effects on children, and the situational context. Explanations of domestic violence are offered that focus on individual pathology, social structures, and feminist issues. Legal remedies are then considered, as well as police reaction (response time to calls for assistance, arrests, crisis intervention, referral to other agencies, and attitudes). The prosecution process is detailed, with various offender treatment programs noted. Obtaining assistance outside the criminal justice system is discussed, with such help coming from friends and family, the medical profession, social service agencies and programs, and shelters. Victim satisfaction with assistance is addressed, along with future directions for improving civil, criminal, medical, and social responses to domestic violence. The importance of interagency cooperation and community awareness of the domestic violence problem is stressed. 364 references.
Main Term(s): Domestic assault
Index Term(s): Victim services; Victims of violent crime
Note: Home Office Research Study No. 107
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