Calling the police in instances of family violence: effects of victim-offender relationship and life stages

 

Author(s) Kang, Ji Hyon and James P. Lynch
Title Calling the police in instances of family violence: effects of victim-offender relationship and life stages
Source Crime and Delinquency,2014, Vol. 60, No. 1, pp. 34-59
Date 2014
Document type Journal article
Coverage
Summary With particular focus on the life stages of the victims as well as the type of victim-offender relationship, the article examines the willingness of victims to call police in the incidence of family violence. The paper conducts a brief literature review in order to address various issues in relation to family violence, the relationships involved and the current research that is available in regards to elderly violence and the different types of perpetrators in family violence. The study uses data from the National Crime Victimisation Survey in order to address its aims. From the research, the study found that decisions and willingness to report an incident of family violence was heavily dependent on the type of relationship between victim and offender. It was also found that prior victimisation by the same offender encouraged both young and older victims to report. In general it was found that the factors that encourage and discourage reporting differ across life-cycles.
Keywords Calling the police; reporting; victim-offender relationship; life stage; family violence
Topic Domestic violence