Context matters: violence against women and reporting to police in rural, suburban and urban area         

 

Author(s) Rennison, Callie Marie, Molly Dragiewicz and Walter S. DeKeseredy
Title Context matters: violence against women and reporting to police in rural, suburban and urban areas
Source American Journal of Criminal Justice, March 2013, Vol 38, Issue 1, pp 141-159
Document type Journal article
​Date​2013
Summary Using data from the National Crime Victimization Survey from 1992 to 2009 this study explores the situational contexts of reporting violence against women across geographic areas. The dependent variable is whether or not the violence was reported to police and the control variables were urban, suburban and rural areas. It was found that almost half of the violence was reported to police and 45% of the victims lived in suburban areas, 38% on urban areas and 16% in rural locations. It was found that the likelihood of reporting violence against women varies across situational contexts and the two characteristics with the greatest effect were injury and weapon presence. Differing contexts promote and inhibit reporting across rural, urban and suburban areas, and factors as main effects in some geographic areas may not present as main effects in others. The implications for the provision of services are also discussed.
Keywords Regional; rural; reporting police; violence against women
Topic Domestic violence