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NCJ Number: 94019 Find in a Library
Title: Police Responses to Wife Beating - Neglect of a Crime of Violence
Journal: Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:12  Issue:3  Dated:(1984)  Pages:277-288
Author(s): S E Brown
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 12
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The paper reports an analysis of the women's perceptions of police responses to their victimization, their feelings towards self, and their willingness to pursue mobilization of the law in their own behalf.
Abstract: Data were collected from women seeking admission to a spouse abuse shelter in a small southern city. The questionnaire which they completed requested demographics and a wide variety of attitudinal data. It was reported that the police rarely made referrals to helping agencies and that the most common police action was to 'talk' to the assaulter/batterer. Victims' feelings toward self were not nearly as negative overall in this sample as is typically assumed of abused women. Some support was found for a series of hypotheses that positive police responses enhance the victims' self-image and encourage them to seek mobilization of the law. (Author abstract)
Index Term(s): Battered wives; Police effectiveness; Self concept; Victim attitudes
Note: Earlier version presented at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, San Antonio, Texas, March 24, 1983
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