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NCJ Number: 119597 Find in a Library
Title: Patterns of Reported Parent-Child Abuse and Police Response
Journal: Journal of Family Violence  Volume:4  Issue:2  Dated:(1989)  Pages:143-159
Author(s): E Erez; P Tontodonato
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 17
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the extent of parent-child abuse incidents reported to 28 police departments of a midwestern county in 1978.
Abstract: Parent-child abuse cases tended to deviate substantially from expected norms concerning familial roles and recognized authority or permission to resort to violence. Both family status and gender affected patterns of parent-child abuse reported to the police. The arrest decision of police was influenced most strongly by incident seriousness, as measured by offense severity and extent of victim injury. Arrest likelihood was also affected by offender race, but the influence of this variable was mediated by offense seriousness. Study findings highlight the role of a family's value system in the reporting of parent-child abuse incidents and in the police decision to intervene. 22 references, 6 tables. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Child abuse reporting
Index Term(s): Abused children; Families of crime victims; Society-crime relationships
Note: Revised paper presented at the Sixth International Symposium on Victimology, Jerusalem, Israel, August 1988
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