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NCJ Number: 192311 Find in a Library
Title: Intimate Partner Violence in Jamaica: A Descriptive Study of Women Who Access the Services of the Women's Crisis Centre in Kingston
Journal: Violence Against Women  Volume:7  Issue:11  Dated:November 2001  Pages:1284-1302
Author(s): Sharon Arscott-Mills
Date Published: November 2001
Page Count: 19
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study provides descriptive statistics on women who access the services of the Women's Crisis Centre, a nongovernmental organization in Kingston, Jamaica, whose mission is to provide 24-hour counseling and shelter for women who are the victims of domestic violence.
Abstract: Questionnaires were completed by the center's trained staff at the close of a counseling session with adult women who accessed the services of the center between September 1 and November 30, 1999. This study analyzed 187 questionnaires for which the perpetrator of the incident was a male intimate partner. The sample was fairly homogeneous demographically. A 25-item instrument was used to obtain basic demographic data, the reason for the call or visit, type of injury sustained, and help-seeking behavior. Almost all respondents were injured and had a similar profile regarding police reporting and help-seeking behavior. All of those who experienced physical injury also reported experiencing emotional or psychological abuse. Although bruises, cuts, and bites were prominent types of injuries, the number of broken bones (18 percent) were particularly significant. There was a low level of reporting violent incidents to the police (26 percent). Although 75 percent sought medical care, women first turned for assistance to pastors and counselors. Multisectoral support to strengthen and expand the services of the Women's Crisis Centre is recommended. 4 tables and 30 references
Main Term(s): Female victims
Index Term(s): Citizen crime reporting; Domestic assault; Jamaica; Victims of violent crime
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