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NCJ Number: 228428 Find in a Library
Title: Intimate Partner Abuse of Women in a Central Queensland Mining Region
Author(s): Heather Nancarrow; Stewart Lockie; Sanjay Sharma
Date Published: July 2009
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
Criminology Research Council
Canberra ACT 2601, Australia
Grant Number: 13/06-07
Sale Source: Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT, 2601,
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: News/Media
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: Using data collected in June and July 2007 in telephone interviews, this study examined the nature and prevalence of intimate partner abuse of women in a Central Queensland mining region (the Bowen Basin).
Abstract: Of the 532 women surveyed, 11.5 percent had experienced physical abuse and 31.4 percent had experienced nonphysical forms of abuse. A number of victim characteristics were significantly associated with abuse; for example, depression was significantly linked to sexual assault, and both depression and severe psychological symptoms significantly correlated with all other forms of abuse; however, contrary to concerns of human service providers, the findings indicate that women in mining subcultures do not experience greater levels of abuse than women in other types of communities. Although women whose partners worked in the mining industry were significantly more likely to experience socio-psychological abuse, this association was relatively weak and must be viewed in relation to more significant influences. Other more significant influences than the partner’s working in mining were the de facto relationship status, women’s age, male partners’ education, regular consumption of cannabis, and patterns of alcohol consumption. A set of 10 questions from the revised Conflict Tactics Scale measured women’s experience of physical abuse, sexual abuse, and threats of physical abuse. Another set of 10 questions was drawn from the General Social Survey on Victimization in measuring nonphysical abuse. Physical and mental health status were measured with the SF-12 Health Survey. The survey also asked about sociodemographic characteristics of the women and their male partners, relational characteristics, and the consumption of alcohol and drugs. 3 tables and 21 references
Main Term(s): Female victims
Index Term(s): Cultural influences; Domestic assault; Domestic violence causes; Foreign criminal justice research
Note: Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, No. 378, July 2009
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