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NCJ Number: 229809 Find in a Library
Title: When Does a Battered Woman Seek Help From the Police? The Role of Battered Women's Functionality
Journal: Journal of Family Violence  Volume:25  Issue:2  Dated:February 2010  Pages:195-204
Author(s): Hee Yun Lee; Eonju Park; Elizabeth Lightfoot
Date Published: February 2010
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Los Altos, CA 94022
University of Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station
St Paul, MN 55108
Grant Number: MIN-55-019
Document: HTML (Publisher Site)
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined how battered women's functional limitations resulting from domestic violence affected womens involvement with the police.
Abstract: This study explores how women's functional limitations resulting from domestic violence lead to police involvement. Examining functionality is a broader approach to exploring domestic violence outcomes than looking at injuries or impairments, and in this study we look at the social participation aspects of social functioning. One hundred eleven battered women in 4 metropolitan cities in the U.S. participated in anonymous telephone surveys. Approximately 80 percent of the battered women in the sample were involved with the police due to their experiences of domestic violence. Women's functionality was significantly associated with battered women's police involvement after controlling for socio-demographic and violence-related covariates. The current study identifies one aspect of women's functioning - social participation - as a critical predictor of their seeking of help from the police, and suggests implications for practice, including the need for police and domestic violence agencies to have awareness of the concept of functional limitations within a broader context of understanding disability. Tables, appendixes, and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Domestic assault
Index Term(s): Abused women; Assault and battery; Domestic assault arrest policies; Police crisis intervention; Police family issues; Psychological victimization effects
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