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ERIC Number: EJ798075
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-0011-1287
The Effect of Divorce on Domestic Crime
Stolzenberg, Lisa; D'Alessio, Stewart J.
Crime & Delinquency, v53 n2 p281-302 2007
Social scientists remain unsure as to whether divorce acts to alleviate domestic violence or whether ex-spouses become the targets of the displaced violence. Using data from the National Incident-Based Reporting System and the Census, this study investigates the relationship between the divorce rate and the domestic crime rate. The study contributes to the literature by distinguishing between spouse and ex-spouse victimization and by using a comprehensive measure of domestic crime. Results show a strong positive effect of the divorce rate on spouse and ex-spouse victimization. The length of time a married couple must be separated prior to finalizing a divorce was also found to amplify the spouse victimization rate. This finding suggests that mandatory separation periods may need to be eliminated or shortened in length to help attenuate crime between married couples seeking a divorce. Overall, these results support the view that divorce acts to shift domestic strife to ex-spouses. (Contains 7 notes and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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