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NCJ Number: 156939 Find in a Library
Title: Domestic Violence on a London Housing Estate
Journal: Home Office Research and Statistics Department Research Bulletin  Issue:37  Dated:(1995)  Pages:11-18
Author(s): T Bush; J Hood-Williams
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 8
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Domestic violence is discussed.
Abstract: This report of an ongoing ethnographic study of domestic and male-to-male violence on a London housing estate (low-income housing development) suggests that domestic violence is not something that affects only the marginalized, but also so-called ordinary people. It may even be seen as part of everyday life. The author warns that this climate of acceptance ensures that few will seek the assistance of statutory agencies and that those who do will first have to overcome their conviction that they brought the violence on themselves. The aim of the study was to look in-depth at the complex processes involved in domestic violence to attempt to discover the meanings behind abusive behavior. The researcher who conducted the study lived on the estate for approximately 5 years. The focus of the work was a small sample of women in abusive relationships as well as men who committed the abuse. Research involved long conversations with the fieldworker. Suggestions for improving various issues surrounding domestic violence are offered. References
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Abused women; Domestic assault; Victimology
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