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NCJ Number: 156320 Find in a Library
Title: Race, Socioeconomic Status, and Domestic Homicide
Journal: Journal of the American Medical Association  Volume:273  Issue:22  Dated:(June 14, 1995)  Pages:1755-1758
Author(s): B S Centerwall
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 4
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Characteristics of homicides are analyzed.
Abstract: This article presents the results of a study designed to replicate, or not replicate as the case may be, in New Orleans, Louisiana, the findings of a 1984 retrospective study of 222 intraracial domestic homicides in Atlanta, Georgia, conducted by the author. The data for this study were 349 intraracial domestic homicides perpetrated against residents of Orleans Parish in 1979, 1982, 1985, and 1986. For both studies, domestic homicides are defined as homicides committed by a relative of the victim or by an acquaintance of the same race. The Atlanta study had concluded that, when one uses rates of household crowding as an index of socioeconomic status, Atlanta blacks were no more likely to commit domestic homicide than were whites in comparable socioeconomic circumstances. Results of the New Orleans study indicate that the findings of the Atlanta study are replicated in this study. In both cities, six-fold differences in black and white rates of intraracial domestic homicide are entirely accounted for by differences in socioeconomic status between the respective black and white populations. There are no significant residual differences requiring cultural explanations. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Homicide victims
Index Term(s): Criminology; Homicide; Homicide trends; Police; Statistics
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