Police reports on domestic incidents involving intimate partners: Injuries and medical help-seeking

Mary M. Duncan, Catherine D. Stayton, Charles B. Hall

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Abstract

This study aims to expand knowledge of partner abuse injury and help-seeking through a new source of data. We reviewed police reports during corresponding periods in 1996 and 1997 (n = 476). Complainants were injured in 17.4% of all incidents; 90% of those injured were women. Hispanics were more likely to be injured than non-Hispanics (OR = 2.06; 95% CI = 1.0, 4.25). The likelihood of injury decreased with each year of increasing age (OR = 0.95; CI = 0.91, 0.99). Only 20.5% of those injured consented to medical care. Police reports provide information on partner abuse injury that supplements hospital surveillance and household surveys.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalWomen and Health
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Domestic violence
  • Injury
  • Patient acceptance of health care
  • Police
  • Spouse abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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