Reasons for reporting and not reporting domestic violence to the police

Richard B. Felson, Steven F. Messner, Anthony W. Hoskin, Glenn Deane

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The National Crime Victimization Survey is used to examine factors that encourage and inhibit victims of domestic violence from calling the police. Victims of domestic violence are less likely than victims of other types of violence to call the police because of their privacy concerns, their fear of reprisal, and their desire to protect offenders, but they are more likely to call for self-protection and because they perceive domestic assaults as more serious. As a result of these and other offsetting factors, victims of domestic violence are just as likely as other victims of assault to call the police.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)617-648
Number of pages32
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law


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