Crisis In The Family Courts

New Study Commissioned by the Australian Government

Posted in domestic law by abatteredmother on March 16, 2010

    Responding to intimate partner violence victimization: Effective options for help-seeking

    Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 389

    Silke Meyer

    ISSN 1836-2206

    Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, March 2010

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    • Abstract

      Approximately one in four women in most Western nations are at risk of becoming a victim of intimate partner violence (IPV). Interventions for IPV victims have shown to be significant in preventing negative outcomes.

      Using data from the International Violence Against Women Survey, this paper examines predictors of help-seeking by IPV victims and considers whether such responses are influenced by the severity of abuse experienced.

      Many IPV victims seek assistance informally from family and friends in the first instance and that experience may affect subsequent attempts to seek help from more formal sources.

      This study found that victims of IPV are more likely to explore formal avenues of support when married to the abusive partner, have children who have witnessed incidents of abuse, have used drugs or alcohol to cope with abuse and where the abusive partner has previously receive d counseling for his behavior.

      It was found that in cases where the victim had experienced more severe types of abuse, and/or if they felt their life had been threatened during the most recent incident, there was a significantly increased likelihood of formal help-seeking.

      Collectively, these findings can inform the enhancement of current responses made by formal sources of support to better accommodate the needs of IPV victims and their children.

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