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NCJ Number: 221757 Find in a Library
Title: Domestic Violence Experiences of Women in Community Corrections
Journal: Women & Criminal Justice  Volume:18  Issue:3  Dated:2007  Pages:25-45
Author(s): Rachel Bridges Whaley; Angela M. Moe; J. Mark Eddy; Jean Daugherty
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 21
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
Grant Number: R01 MH 59127;R01MH 65553
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In this study, 14 women on probation or parole in a western U.S. county completed indepth interviews about the women's experiences of intimate-partner violence.
Abstract: All 14 women indicated that a current or former partner had shouted or yelled at them; called them names and/or insulted them; broken or destroyed their property; and pushed, slapped, shoved, or grabbed them. All of the women reported being sufficiently hurt by the partner to feel physical pain the following day. Ten of the women reported that a partner used force to make them have unwanted sex. For half of the women, abusive intimate relationships were preceded by experiences of childhood physical abuse and/or sexual abuse. Experiences of childhood abuse were often followed by abuse in adolescence and adulthood. Childhood use of illicit substances was reported by nine of the women. Drug or alcohol addiction was a problem for most. Ten women reported committing a crime because they were threatened by a partner or spouse. Eleven women admitted to committing a crime in an effort to please a partner or spouse. Some women talked about the ways their abusive partners exploited their children or other family members. Eleven women also reported that they admitted to committing a crime that was actually committed by a partner/spouse, and all but one woman said they lied to authorities to conceal a crime committed by a partner or spouse. These findings suggest that correctional programming for women must address their experiences of intimate-partner abuse as well as their childhood and adolescent physical and sexual abuse, along with the adverse mental states and behaviors that stem from such abuse. The women completed a brief telephone interview followed by extensive in-person interviews. 46 references
Main Term(s): Female victims
Index Term(s): Adult survivors of child sexual abuse; Child abuse; Domestic assault; Female offenders; Parolees; Probationers
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