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NCJ Number: 69419 Find in a Library
Title: ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY (MD) FAMILY VIOLENCE STUDY - VICTIM/SURVEY PROFILE
Corporate Author: Baltimore Regional Planning Council
United States of America

Anne Arundel Cty
Police Dept
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: Anne Arundel Cty
Millersville, MD 21108
Baltimore Regional Planning Council
Baltimore, MD 21202
Miami Police Dept
Miami, FL 33133
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A STUDY OF FAMILY VIOLENCE IN ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MD., IN 1976-77, SHOWS SUCH VIOLENCE CONSTITUTES 17.8 PECENT OF POLICE REPORTS, WITH MOST VICTIMS BEING FEMALE AND MOST SUSPECTS MALE.
Abstract: THE STUDY EXAMINED 675 POLICE REPORTS AND YIELDED 120 REPORTS ON THE FAMILY VIOLENCE. HOWEVER, OF AN AVERAGE OF 200 DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE COMPLAINTS FILED PER MONTH, ONLY 3 PERCENT REACH REPORT FORM. FROM THE REPORTS, VICTIMS TENDED TO BE WHITE FEMALES BETWEEN 1 AND 20, WHILE SUSPECTS TENDED TO BE MALES BETWEEN 11 AND 30; SUSPECTS GENERALLY VICTIMIZED WIVES, CHILDREN, OR PARENTS. OF THE OFFENSES, 54 PERCENT WERE SIMPLE ASSAULTS SUCH AS THREATS OR BLOWS WITH THE FIST, WHILE 45 PERCENT WERE AGGRAVATED ASSAULT, (WITH 25 PERCENT OF THESE BEING SEXUAL ASSAULT OR CHILD ABUSE). ABOUT 32 PERCENT OF THE REPORTS INDICATED THAT EITHER VICTIM OR SUSPECT WAS HOSPITALIZED; FURTHER, DRUGS OR ALCOHOL WERE INVOLVED IN 23 PERCENT OF ALL CASES. VICTIMS AND SUSPECTS TENDED TO BE LIVING TOGETHER. IN ADDITION, A LARGE PORTION OF REPORTS INVOLVED ABUSE OF PARENTS BY CHILDREN. A WIDE VARIETY OF WEAPONS APPEAR IN REPORTS, WITH 24 PERCENT OF ALL WEAPONS BEING HANDGUNS. FAMILY VIOLENCE AS REVEALED IN THIS STUDY COVERS A WIDE RANGE OF CIRCUMSTANCES AND OFTEN POSES A DANGER TO POLICE OFFICERS. HOWEVER, MUCH FAMILY VIOLENCE IS UNDOCUMENTED SINCE THE ANNE ARUNDEL POLICE DO NOT KEEP A RECORD OF CALLS FROM WHICH COMPLAINTS ARE NOT FORTHCOMING. SOME RECOMMENDATIONS INCLUDE TRYING NONTRADITIONAL, NONPOLICE FAMILY VIOLENCE SERVICES OR INTERVENTION, FINDING OUT MORE ABOUT FAMILY VIOLENCE CASES AND VIOLENT FAMILIES, AND EXAMINING FAMILY VIOLENCE PROGRAMS IN OTHER CITIES AND COUNTIES. TABLES, GRAPHS, AND A MAP ARE INCLUDED.
Index Term(s): Abused children; Abusing parents; Abusing spouses; Domestic assault; Elder Abuse; Family offenses; Maryland; Unreported crimes
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