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NCJ Number: 157191 Find in a Library
Title: Advocating Legal Intervention in Wife Assaults: Results From a National Survey of Singapore
Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence  Volume:10  Issue:3  Dated:(September 1995)  Pages:243-258
Author(s): A Choi; J L Edleson
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 16
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A random sample of 510 adults in Singapore responded to a series of questions designed to gather information about public attitudes toward formal legal intervention in wife assaults.
Abstract: The data were gathered by means of 20-minute interviews, which took place in 1992. Data were analyzed using multiple regression and logistic regression analyses. Participants were asked to differentiate their support for legal interventions based on both the frequency and the severity of the assaults. Results revealed that Singaporeans unequivocally support police charging or arresting a husband if he commits a major assault. The data also reveal public advocacy for judges' treating wife assaults as seriously as, if not more seriously than, other personal assaults. Furthermore, the Singapore public is in favor of the court's making it compulsory for an abusive husband to go through a treatment program, especially when it is not the first assault. Several demographic, personal history, and attitudinal factors affected the strength of an individual's advocacy for legal intervention. Tables, note, and 25 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Victims in foreign countries
Index Term(s): Domestic assault; Domestic assault arrest policies; Public Opinion of Crime; Singapore; Victims of violent crime
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