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NCJ Number: 183536 Find in a Library
Title: Predicting Women's Responses to Violence: The 1996 Women's Safety Survey
Author(s): Christine Coumarelos; Jacqui Allen
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 24
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Type: Survey
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: The willingness of Australian women to report violence and to use the services available for victims of violence has remained low despite significant reforms in the last two decades intended primarily to protect women's rights in the area of violence; this study investigated predictors of that willingness.
Abstract: Data on 412 victims of physical assault and 139 victims of sexual assault were drawn from the 1996 Women's Safety Survey, a nationally representative sample survey. For both physical assault and sexual assault, the survey measured attempted and threatened assaults and determined whether the last assault incident had been reported by the victim to the police. Logistic regression analysis consistently showed that assault not involving injury and assault perpetrated by a current partner were less likely than other types of assault to be reported and less likely to result in the use of victim services. In some instances, there were relatively lower reporting and service use rates for young, Australian-born, and first-time victims. Policy implications of the survey findings are discussed. 54 notes and 19 tables
Main Term(s): World criminology
Index Term(s): Abused women; Assault and battery; Australia; Citizen crime reporting; Crime in foreign countries; Domestic assault; Female victims; Sexual assault victims; Victim services; Victims in foreign countries; Victims of violent crime
Note: Crime and Justice Bulletin, N 47 (November 1999)
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