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Title: Police Involvement in Incidents of Physical Assault: Analysis of the Redesigned National Crime Victimization Survey
Journal: Journal of Family Violence  Volume:18  Issue:3  Dated:June 2003  Pages:143-150
Author(s): Jana L. Jasinski
Date Published: June 2003
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
University of New Hampshire, Family Research Laboratory
Durham, NH 03824
Grant Number: T32-MH15161
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article focuses on the involvement of police officers in incidents of physical assaults against women.
Abstract: Considerable literature has addressed the issue of the criminal justice system’s involvement in incidents of domestic violence. Victims of more severe forms of violence are more inclined to call the police than are victims of lesser crimes. Discussing the decisions that police officers must make in order to decide who should be arrested for domestic violence, the article suggests that police are more likely to respond to the claims of assaults against intimates than they are to claims of assaults against strangers. A study was conducted using the redesigned National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). The NCVS uses a rotating panel sample design in which respondents are interviewed every 6 months for a total of seven interviews over a 3-year period. Multivariate analyses of the NCVS indicate that police officers are more likely to be called in cases of domestic violence when the violence represents a single incident and if an injury results from the violence. When looking at the criminal justice system’s involvement in incidents of physical assault against women, factors other than victim-offender relationships, including police-victim relationships must be considered. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Domestic assault; Police domestic violence training
Index Term(s): Battered wives; Domestic assault; Domestic assault arrest policies; Female victims; Victimization
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