When women tell: intimate partner violence and the factors related to police notification

Author(s) Novisky, Meghan, A & Robert L. Peralta
Title When women tell: intimate partner violence and the factors related to police notification
Source Violence Against Women, Jan 2015, Vol. 21, No. 1, pp. 65-86
Date 2015
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary The study examines women who are victims of intimate partner violence and the factors that influence their decision to notify and involve police. The data for the study was obtained from  face-to-face survey led interviews over a nine month period, with 101 participants who were women staying in women's shelters as a result of intimate partner violence. The questions in the interview were asked in relation to the likelihood of reporting when mandatory arrest was involved, whether or not children were involved and the probability of reporting if the perpetrator was on drugs and alcohol. The study draws to the conclusion that women who are victims in intimate partner violence make informed decisions when it comes to involving law enforcement agencies. The results show that women were more likely to contact the police when the benefits of reporting are high and the costs of reporting are low. The authors conclude with the suggestion of future research focusing on women who have not been admitted to a women's shelter in order to see if similar results are obtained.
Keywords Intimate partner violence; mandatory arrest; policing; reporting; IPV; domestic violence
Topic Domestic Violence