ERIC Number: EJ718037
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Reference Count: 17
Attitudes and Beliefs About Domestic Violence: Results of a Public Opinion Survey. I. Definitions of Domestic Violence, Criminal Domestic Violence, and Prevalence
Carlson, Bonnie E.; Worden, Alissa Pollitz
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, v20 n10 p1197-1218 Oct 2005
This study reports analyses and findings from a public opinion survey designed to explore beliefs about domestic violence (DV) -- what it is, when it is against the law, and how prevalent it is. The project interviewed 1,200 residents from six New York communities. The analyses reveal substantial first hand and second hand experience with DV and strong consensus that acts of physical aggression should be labeled as DV, but substantially less certainty about the illegality of the abusive behaviors. Overall, the respondents were less inclined to define women's aggressive behavior in pejorative or unlawful terms than men's. Respondents believed that DV was common in their communities, and that it affected a significant minority of couples. Multivariate analyses provide little support for conventional wisdom about the impact of socioeconomic background on tolerance for or knowledge about DV, although gender, generation, and secondhand familiarity with DV incidents play a role in opinions and beliefs.
Descriptors: Socioeconomic Background, Public Opinion, Family Violence, Aggression, Attitude Measures, Beliefs, Gender Differences, Crime, Familiarity
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
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Identifiers - Location: New York