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NCJ Number: 121175 Find in a Library
Title: Research Note: The Response of the Clergy to Spouse Abuse in a Suburban County
Journal: Violence and Victims  Volume:4  Issue:3  Dated:(Fall 1989)  Pages:217-225
Author(s): S E Martin
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 9
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: An attempt was made to study the response of religious organizations to spouse abuse in a suburban county in the state of Maryland.
Abstract: Clergy members representing a variety of denominations from 143 churches and synagogues were surveyed. The presence of an ongoing problem-oriented discussion group as part of clergy functions was positively related to the identification of spouse abuse. More than half of the responding clerics acknowledged the need to improve efforts in addressing spouse abuse. Victim reticence to seek help, and lack of information about state law, legal options, and programs for spouse abusers were identified as major factors hampering response. Recommendations are made to improve linkages between the clergy and other involved community groups. (Author abstract)
Main Term(s): Spouse abuse detection
Index Term(s): Family crisis intervention units; Family crisis training; Maryland; Religious programs
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