Three patterns of domestic violence in households: single victimization, repeat victimization, and co-occurring victimization

Author(s) Goodlin, Wendi, and Dunn, Christopher
Title Three patterns of domestic violence in households: single victimization, repeat victimization, and co-occurring victimization
Source Journal of Family Violence, Feb 2010, 25 Issue 2, p107-122
Date 2010
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary This study used data from the National Crime Victimization Survey (1992-2004) to analyse the effects of several independent variables from different domains on the three victimisation patterns within households. The results showed that one-time victimisation in the household by family members occurred in 80 per cent of households whereas repeat victimisation occurred in 15 per cent of households. The study also found that the co-occurrence of family violence in households was 5 per cent, which was considerably lower than previous research. A number of demographic variables were considered in this study that used a longitudinal dataset and it was found that victims with less than a high school education had a higher risk of living in multiple occurrence and co-occurrence households. Respondents victimised by ex-spouses, parents/step-parents, siblings and other relatives were consistently significant in all of the models. It is suggested that this study be used as a stimulus and guide for future research.
Keywords Domestic violence; family violence; repeat victimisation; offender relationship
Topic Domestic Violence