Relationship between two types of help seeking behaviour in domestic violence victims

Author(s)Hollenstead, Jean, Dai, Yong, Ragsdale, Mary, Massey, Erin, and Scott, Rachel
Title Relationship between two types of help seeking behaviour in domestic violence victims
Source Family Violence, 2006, 21:271-279
Date 2006
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary The purpose of this study was to assess the help-seeking behaviour of domestic violence victims. The research seeks to identify factors that may play a role in the choice of help-seeking such as the possible relationship between an individual's race or age and their help-seeking behaviour. The decision whether to involve either law enforcement or community-based advocacy services is explored. The results showed that there was no statistically significant association between age groups and help-seeking behaviour of domestic violence victims. Another finding was that there was a statistically significant association between ethnic group membership and the type of service used. It was found that only a few participants in the study utilised both types of services which should be considered in light of the considerable research that indicates that a coordinated community response to domestic violence victims provides the greatest resiliency against future harm.
Keywords Domestic violence; family violence; support; help seeking; legal support; social service; regional; African American.
Topic Service delivery; domestic violence