Intimate Partner Violence: The Effect of Gender and Contextual Factors on Community Perceptions of Harm, and Suggested Victim and Criminal Justice Responses

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Title Intimate Partner Violence: The Effect of Gender and Contextual Factors on Community Perceptions of Harm, and Suggested Victim and Criminal Justice Responses
Author Dennison, Susan Michelle; Thompson, Carleen Marie
Journal Name Violence and Victims
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United States
Publisher Springer Publishing Company
Abstract Using a vignette to depict physical violence by an intimate partner, a 2 (perpetrator gender) X 2 (participant gender) X 2 (frequency) X 2 (intent to cause harm) between subjects factorial design was used to examine under what circumstances individuals perceive: an incident should be illegal, the extent of harm, and appropriate victim and criminal justice responses. There were 868 participants from the Brisbane (Australia) community (48.5% males). The actions of male perpetrators were viewed more seriously and the victims were recommended to seek more forms of assistance when the perpetrator was male. There were few differences in perceptions of violence according to participant gender. The frequency of the violence affected the participant’s responses but the intentions of the perpetrator did not. Results are discussed in terms of stereotypes of intimate partner violence (IPV) and the implications for help-seeking behavior by victims.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1891/0886-6708.26.3.347
Copyright Statement Self-archiving of the author-manuscript version is not yet supported by this journal. Please refer to the journal link for access to the definitive, published version or contact the authors for more information.
Volume 26
Issue Number 3
Page from 347
Page to 363
ISSN 0886-6708
Date Accessioned 2011-06-30
Date Available 2012-02-10T01:22:29Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Criminology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/41823
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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