skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 126957 Find in a Library
Title: Relationship Between the Male Police Officer's Response to Victims of Domestic Violence and His Personal and Family Experience (From The Victimology Handbook: Research Findings, Treatment, and Public Policy, P 77-93, 1990, Emilio Viano, ed. -- See NCJ-126951)
Author(s): S M Stith
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: Garland Publishing, Inc.
New York, NY 10003-3304
Sale Source: Garland Publishing, Inc.
19 Union Square
West Floor 8
New York, NY 10003-3304
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Several personal and family-experience variables for a sample of male police officers correlated individually and in combination with officer negative attitudes toward female domestic violence victims.
Abstract: Data came from questionnaires distributed to 240 police officers from 3 sheriff's departments and 4 police departments in northeast Kansas. Ninety-seven completed questionnaires were returned, yielding a sample of 72 married male police officers. To measure each officer's response to domestic-violence victims, each was asked to rate his likelihood of responding in certain ways (from 0 to 100 percent) to two vignette descriptions of domestic violence incidents. The response was coded as "antivictim" if the officer reported that the would "arrest the women," "warn the woman of arrest," or "discourage the woman from seeking arrest." Officer variables measured were age and education, level of sex-role egalitarianism, reported level of stressful life events, attitude toward marital violence, and method of handling conflict in his own family. Age, education, egalitarianism, marital stress, stressful life events, approval of marital violence, and use of violence in the officer's own marriage together predicted a significant amount of the variance in officer antivictim response. A few of the variables correlated individually with antivictim response. Implications are drawn for future research as well as police training and policy. 1 table and 23-item bibliography
Main Term(s): Battered wives; Police attitudes
Index Term(s): Police domestic violence training; Police family issues
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.