ERIC Number: ED188048
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Intimate Victims: A Study of Violence Among Friends and Relatives. A National Crime Survey Report.
Lentzner, Harold R.; DeBerry, Marshall M.
The National Crime Survey measured the occurrence of an estimated 3.8 million violent crimes among intimates, i.e., acquaintances or relatives, during 1973 to 1976, in which three-tenths of the crimes involved persons married or otherwise related to each other. The data collection focused on identification of crime location, time of day or night, number and interaction of participants, weapons used, extent of injury to the victims, and rate of reporting to the police. Only three crimes of violence--rape, robbery, and assault--were investigated; child abuse was excluded. Acts of domestic violence involving relatives occurred primarily at night, while violent acts committed by acquaintances occurred during the day. Findings also indicated that: (1) these violent crimes rarely involved more than one victim; (2) 60% of the attacks involved weapons or harmful objects; (3) most incidents resulted in physical injury but few hospitalizations; and (4) offenses involving relatives had the highest police reporting rate. (Author/HLM)
Descriptors: Adults, Behavior Patterns, Crime, Family Problems, Family Relationship, Friendship, Interaction, Interpersonal Relationship, National Surveys, Research Projects, Victims of Crime, Violence
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402 (Stock No. 027-000-00895-0)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Justice, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Bureau of the Census (DOC), Suitland, MD.