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ERIC Number: EJ957829
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jul
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0090-4392
Who Do Young Adult Victims of Physical Assault Talk to about Their Experiences?
Thomson, Rob; Langley, John
Journal of Community Psychology, v32 n4 p479-488 Jul 2004
Many victims of physical assaults do not report the assault to the police. In this study we examine whom these victims talked to and how satisfied they were with the help they received. A sample of 374 participants of the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study (DMHDS) who had been assaulted in the preceding 12 months, were asked questions about an assault that had the greatest impact on their life and who they had talked to about it. It was found that not only did very few participants report the assault to the police; most victims talked to no one. If they did talk to someone, they were more likely to talk to friends and family and find them more helpful than the police and other services. Talking to others appears to be influenced by the nature of the assault, as participants were most likely to report serious assaults resulting in injuries requiring medical attention. (Contains 4 tables and 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Basic Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand