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NCJ Number: 228067 Find in a Library
Title: Assessing and Managing Risk Among Different Victims of Domestic Abuse: Limits of a Generic Model of Risk Assessment?
Journal: Security Journal  Volume:22  Issue:3  Dated:July 2009  Pages:190-204
Author(s): Amanda L. Robinson; James Rowlands
Date Published: July 2009
Page Count: 15
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This study utilized data from several empirical research projects to compare the perceptions of safety and risk among female and male victims of domestic abuse and analyze differences in the prevalence of various risk factors across different groups of victims.
Abstract: Highlights of key study findings include: (1) very different risk profiles emerged according to sex, with every single risk factor more prevalent among female victims; (2) experiencing domestic violence made women significantly more afraid than it did for men; and (3) a clear distinction was illustrated between risk based on the sex of the victim, generally explained through the concepts of power and control, and gender. Several models of risk assessment for victims of domestic abuse have emerged in England, Wales, Scotland, Australia, and the United States. However, risk assessment emerged primarily from work with female victims and reflects knowledge of power and control differentials within heterosexual relationships. Using data from three empirical projects, this study compared the perceptions of safety, fear of victimization, and risk among female and male victims of domestic abuse. Data were gathered from three different samples of domestic violence victims in the United Kingdom. Tables, notes, and references
Main Term(s): Dangerousness
Index Term(s): Abused women; Domestic assault; Fear of crime; Female victims; Instrument validation; Male survivors; Perception; Victimization; Victimization risk; Violence
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