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Assessing and managing the risk of domestic violence

Walby, S. & Myhill, A. (2001). Assessing and managing the risk of domestic violence. In: Taylor-Browne, J (Ed.), What Works in Reducing Domestic Violence? (pp. 307-333). London: Whiting and Birch.


The prevalence of domestic violence varies along a number of dimensions. This chapter reviews the literature on this cariation in risk factors associated with domestic violence. It finds firstly that the highest risk is among those who have suffered previous assaults. Secondly, those who are separating are or have been a high risk. There are further risk factors including gender, and especially marital inequality; poverty and social exclusion; and a man's criminal record. However, the data sources for the assessment of the risk of domestic violence (and sexual assault) need urgently to be improved. There is a need to develop surveys in this field so as to provide robust statistical data.

Publication Type: Book Section
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > Sociology & Criminology
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