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NCJ Number: 168560 Find in a Library
Title: If Violence Is Domestic, Does It Really Count?
Journal: Journal of Family Violence  Volume:12  Issue:3  Dated:September 1997  Pages:293-311
Author(s): S W Mihalic; D Elliott
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 19
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Estimates of the prevalence of marital violence have been found to vary dramatically from survey to survey; this paper addresses one possible explanation for this difference that involves the focus and format of various surveys.
Abstract: The authors examined the extent to which survey respondents are willing to report marital violence in a context that focuses on criminal behaviors as opposed to a family-violence context. In a basic way, this answers a question as to whether individuals are willing to define acts of marital violence as criminal. Methodologically, it is a measurement issue that seriously affects the ability to compare findings across samples. National Youth Survey data were used to compare rates of generalized spousal assault and victimization reported in a crime context, with rates of marital assault and victimization reported in a family violence context. Results show that 40 percent to 83 percent of all marital assaults and victimizations reported in the marital violence section are not reported in a format that focuses on criminal assault and victimization. 5 tables and 30 references
Main Term(s): Victims of violent crime
Index Term(s): Data collection devices; Data collections; Domestic assault; Public Attitudes/Opinion; Surveys
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