Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: SJ-048-001-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1987

Subject Area: Anomic Behavior

Bibliographic Citation: Spouse abuse replication project in Metro-Dade county, Florida, 1987-1989.  [machine-readable data file] / Pate, Antony  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 6008

Date Accessioned: 3/21/1996

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Date Ordered: 3/21/1996

Documentation: Machine readable codebook files, SPSS and SAS data definition files. There are separate codebook files for part 2 through part 6 in the study subdirectory on this CD-ROM.

Abstract: The Metro-Dade project replicated an earlier study of domestic violence, the Minneapolis Domestic Violence Experiment (SPECIFIC DETERRENT EFFECTS OF ARREST FOR DOMESTIC ASSAULT: MINNEAPOLIS, 1981-1982 [ICPSR 8250]), which was conducted by the Police Foundation with a grant from the National Institute of Justice. The Metro-Dade study employed a research design that tested the relative effectiveness of various combinations of treatments that were randomly assigned in two stages. Initially, eligible spouse battery cases were assigned to either an arrest or a nonarrest condition. Later, cases were assigned either to receive or not to receive a follow-up investigation and victim counseling from a detective working with the Safe Streets Unit (SSU), a unit that deals specifically with domestic violence. Given the various treatment conditions employed, three types of dependent variables were examined: (1) prevalence--the proportion of suspects who engaged in repeat incidents, (2) incidence--the frequency with which repeat incidents occurred, and (3) ''time to failure''--the interval between the presenting incident and subsequent incidents. Initial interviews were conducted with victims soon after the presenting incident, and follow-up interviews were attempted six months later. The interviews were conducted in either English or Spanish. The interview questions requested detailed background information about the suspect, victim, and any family members living with the victim at the time of the interview, including age, gender, and marital and employment status. Parallel sets of employment and education questions were asked about the victim and the suspect. Additionally, the interview questionnaire was designed to collect information on (1) the history of the victim's relationship with the suspect, (2) the nature of the presenting incident, including physical violence, property damage, and threats, (3) causes of the presenting incident, including the use of alcohol and drugs by both the victim and the offender, (4) actions taken by the police when they arrived on the scene, (5) the victim's evaluation of the services rendered by the police on the scene, (6) the nature of the follow-up contact by a detective from the Safe Street Unit and an evaluation of the services provided, (7) the victim's history of abuse by the offender, and (8) the nature of subsequent abuse since the presenting incident. Data for Parts 1 and 2 are self-reported data, obtained from interviews with victims. Part 4 consists of data recorded on Domestic Violence Continuation Report forms, indicating subsequent assaults or domestic disputes, and Part 5 contains criminal history data on suspects from arrest reports, indicating a subsequent arrest. The police report of the incident and information on the type of randomized treatment assigned to each case is given in Part 6.

SOURCE: personal interviews and police records

UNIVERSE: Simple domestic assault complaints (victim and suspected assailant) in Dade County, Florida.

SAMPLE: Every case of domestic assault that met the selection criteria was included in the study.

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 6 data files + machine-readable documentation (text) + SAS data definition statements + SPSS data definition statements + data collection instruments.

DATA TYPE: survey data and administrative records data

DATA FORMAT: LRECL with SAS and SPSS data definition statements

TIME PERIOD: August 1987-January 1989

DATE OF COLLECTION: August 1987-January 1990

FUNDING AGENCY: U.S. Department of Justice. National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs




Pate, Antony, Edwin E. Hamilton, and Sampson Annan. ''Metro-Dade Spouse Abuse Replication Project'' (Final Report). Washington, DC: National Institute of Justice, 1991.

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