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NCJ Number: 220195 Find in a Library
Title: Spouse Abuse and Child Abuse by Army Soldiers
Journal: Journal of Family Violence  Volume:22  Issue:7  Dated:October 2007  Pages:587-595
Author(s): Sandra L. Martin; Deborah A. Gibbs; Ruby E. Johnson; E. Danielle Rentz; Monique Clinton-Sherrod; Jennifer Hardison
Date Published: October 2007
Page Count: 9
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of the Army
Washington, DC 20314
Contract Number: W81XWH-04-1-0073
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Using data collected by the U.S. Army's Family Advocacy Program, this study examined patterns of spouse abuse and child abuse perpetrated within a 5-year period (2000-2004) in a sample of 10,864 Army military personnel who were substantiated for family-violence offenses.
Abstract: The study found that the majority of substantiated family-violence offenders attacked their spouses and had not abused their children (61 percent), followed by child abusers who had not committed spouse abuse (27 percent) and 12 percent who had committed offenses against both their spouses and their children. These three groups of family-violence offenders differed in the types of abuse they perpetrated (neglect of children, emotional abuse, physical abuse, and sexual abuse); their experiences of being a spouse abuse victim; and sociodemographic characteristics. Twelve percent of all spouse abusers had committed multiple abuse incidents; and 10 percent of all child abusers had committed multiple incidents of child abuse. The authors urge caution in interpreting these findings due to the study's methodological limitation (many incidents of spouse abuse and child abuse go undetected and unreported). Despite these limitations, however, these findings provide descriptive information that may help in informing practice and policy among those who develop and deliver family-violence prevention and therapeutic services. Study data were obtained from the Army Central Registry, which is a confidential electronic information system maintained by the U.S. Army Medical Command. The Registry obtains its data from the Army's Family Advocacy Program, which is primarily responsible for family-violence prevention, identification, evaluation, treatment, and followup on Army installations. 4 tables and 35 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Behavior typologies; Child abuse; Crime typologies; Domestic assault; Military Base; Military child protection services; Military crime; US Army
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