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Study Report

Study Number: SJ-104-001-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1987

Subject Area: Anomic Behavior

Bibliographic Citation: Police and child abuse: policies and practices in the United States, 1987-1988.  [machine-readable data file] / Martin, Susan E.  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 6338

Date Accessioned: 5/1/1997

Number of Files Received: 8

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Access Status: Access restricted to U.W. Madison campus

Date Ordered: 5/1/1997

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Abstract: This study was conducted by the Police Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute to document municipal and county law enforcement agencies' policies for dealing with child abuse, neglect, and sexual assault and exploitation, and to identify emerging police practices. The researchers investigated promising approaches for dealing with child abuse and also probed for areas of weakness that are in need of improvement. Data were collected from 122 law enforcement agencies on topics including interagency reporting and case screening procedures, the existence and organizational location of specialized units for conducting child abuse investigations, actual procedures for investigating various types of child abuse cases, factors that affect the decision to arrest in physical and sexual abuse cases, the scope and nature of interagency cooperative agreements practices and relations, the amount of training received by agency personnel, and ways to improve agency responses to child abuse and neglect cases.

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