Seeking help from the police: Battered women's decisions and experiences

Kimberly A Davies, Carolyn Rebecca Block, Jacquelyn Campbell

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Abstract

Using data from the Chicago Women's Health Risk Study (CWHRS), which includes a sample of battered women (n = 500; 69% African American and 21.3% Latina) and a sample of abused women who either killed or were killed by their intimate partners (n = 63; 81% African American and 10% Latina), we find that several factors affect battered women's decisions to contact the police and their experiences with the police, including the severity and frequency of violence, other harassing behaviors committed by the abuser, the length of the relationship, and the women's social support network.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-41
Number of pages27
JournalCriminal Justice Studies
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Battered women
  • Calling the police
  • Personal resources
  • Social support network

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Seeking help from the police : Battered women's decisions and experiences. / Davies, Kimberly A; Block, Carolyn Rebecca; Campbell, Jacquelyn.

In: Criminal Justice Studies, Vol. 20, No. 1, 01.03.2007, p. 15-41.

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Davies, Kimberly A ; Block, Carolyn Rebecca ; Campbell, Jacquelyn. / Seeking help from the police : Battered women's decisions and experiences. In: Criminal Justice Studies. 2007 ; Vol. 20, No. 1. pp. 15-41.
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