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Intervention Following Family Violence: Best Practices and Helpseeking Obstacles in a Nationally Representative Sample of Families With Children

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dc.contributor.author Hamby, S., Finkelhor, D., & Turner, H.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-09-30T18:57:13Z
dc.date.available 2019-09-30T18:57:13Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.citation Hamby, S., Finkelhor, D., & Turner, H. (2014). Intervention Following Family Violence: Best Practices and Helpseeking Obstacles in a Nationally Representative Sample of Families With Children. Psychology of Violence, 53(3), 325. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://www.unh.edu/ccrc/pdf/Hamby-Intervention-FV-14.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/4476
dc.description.abstract Objective: To provide the first nationally representative data on service contact, police or advocate best practices, and helpseeking obstacles for family violence that involved exposure to children. Method: A nationally representative sample of 517 family violence incidents drawn from the 4,503 respondents to the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence II. Results: A range of 10 best practices were offered in 13–58% of police contacts and 34 –97% of advocate contacts. Most police best practices were associated with increased likelihood of arrest. Referrals and information about restraining orders and shelter were associated with victim-perpetrator separation. There was marked case attrition for all criminal justice services, including reporting to police, in-person police responding, arrest, convictions, and incarceration. Only 10 cases resulted in jail time. Counter to hypothesis, higher rates of some police best practices were associated with lower likelihood of advocate contact. Also unexpectedly, higher rates of some obstacles, such as lack of transportation, were associated with higher use of police services. Conclusions: Referral to specific resources is recommended as a focus of crisis intervention efforts. Some family’s needs may be served by a single provider if best practices are used. Some obstacles may influence which services are sought rather than depress helpseeking altogether. These nationally representative data can be used as benchmarks for program evaluations and needs assessments. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Psychology of Violence en_US
dc.subject Intimate partner violence en_US
dc.subject advocacy en_US
dc.subject safety planning en_US
dc.subject victims en_US
dc.subject exposure to violence en_US
dc.subject police en_US
dc.title Intervention Following Family Violence: Best Practices and Helpseeking Obstacles in a Nationally Representative Sample of Families With Children en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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