ERIC Number: ED389999
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
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Familial Variables Related to Domestic Violence.
Matlock, Tracy; And Others
Domestic violence is the most frequent type of violent crime, thus children are likely to experience or witness violence at home. In this study, familial variables predictive of domestic violence were investigated. Data were collected from 64 intake forms at a battered women's shelter in the Mississippi Delta. Most clients were white and had children. The batterer was usually the family's financial provider, although most were unemployed at the time of abuse. Whether clients were physically abused as a child was correlated with whether their siblings were abused, and to emotional and sexual abuse. Drugs and alcohol were involved in most cases involving battery. The clients' father being an alcoholic was correlated with spouse abuse between the client's parents. The client's mother being an alcoholic was associated with the client's sexual abuse as a child. Children knew about the abuse in most cases and child abuse seemed to be tied to spousal abuse with 63.5% of the clients reporting their children had been emotionally abused, and 38.5% had been physically abused. These findings support theories viewing domestic violence as a familial pattern. Because of laws requiring counselors to report suspected child abuse, counselors in schools must be kept knowledgeable about familial variables that predict domestic violence. (Author/JBJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Research Association (Nashville, TN, November 9-11, 1994).