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NCJ Number: 229790 Find in a Library
Title: Women’s Reporting of Sexual and Physical Assaults to Police in the National Violence Against Women Survey
Journal: Violence Against Women  Volume:16  Issue:3  Dated:March 2010  Pages:262-279
Author(s): Yingyu Chen; Sarah E. Ullman
Date Published: March 2010
Page Count: 18
Document: HTML (Publisher Site)
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study used the National Violence Against Women Survey (NVAWS) to evaluate whether factors identified in the past research are unique to rape reporting compared with physical assault reporting in women.
Abstract: Previous research has assumed that rape reporting is unique, but no study has systematically tested this assumption. The present study used a probability sample of female victims from the National Violence Against Women Survey to compare factors affecting rape and physical assault reporting using multinomial logit regression. Overall, results suggested that there was similarity in reporting decisions between rapes and physical assaults in terms of main effects. However, interactions suggested that age, marital status, and physical force each influenced reporting differently by assault type. Implications of these results are discussed and directions for future research are offered. Tables and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Citizen crime reporting
Index Term(s): Assault and battery; Comparative analysis; Female victims; National crime surveys; Rape; Sexual assault; Victimization; Victimization surveys
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