Michael Johnson Addresses the Gender Debate in Domestic Violence Research

A Sociologist’s Perspective on Domestic Violence: A Conversation with Michael Johnson, Ph.D. Interview by Theodora Ooms, CLASP

From the May 2006 conference sponsored by CLASP and NCSL: Building Bridges: Marriage, Fatherhood, and Domestic Violence


Special Report:  Nonfatal Domestic Violence, 2003–2012


Rachel E. Morgan, Ph.D., Jennifer L. Truman, Ph.D., Released April 17, 2014    

Presents estimates on nonfatal domestic violence from 2003 to 2012. Domestic violence includes victimization committed by current or former intimate partners (spouses, boyfriends or girlfriends), parents, children, siblings, and other relatives. This report focuses on the level and pattern of domestic violence over time, highlighting selected victim and incident characteristics. Incident characteristics include the type of violence, the offender's use of a weapon, victim injury and medical treatment, and whether the incident was reported to police. The report provides estimates of acquaintance and stranger violence for comparison. Data are from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), which collects information on nonfatal crimes reported and not reported to police. The NCVS is a self-report survey administered every six months to persons age 12 or older from a nationally representative sample of U.S. households.


  • In 2003–12, domestic violence accounted for 21% of all violent crime. 
  • A greater percentage of domestic violence was committed by intimate partners (15%) than immediate family members (4%) or other relatives (2%).
  • Current or former boyfriends or girlfriends committed most domestic violence.
  • Females (76%) experienced more domestic violence victimizations than males (24%). 


Domestic Violence and Problem Gambling

Practical Implications of Current Domestic Violence Research: For Law Enforcement, Prosecutors and Judges

NCJ 225722, June 2009, Special Report, by Andrew R. Klein (106 pages)
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Intended for criminal justice practitioners who deal with domestic violence, this publication reviews research on domestic violence - including its perpetrators and victims; the impact of current responses; and the implications of the research for responses to domestic violence by law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and judges.

It refers several times to the large overlap between domestic violence offenses and general criminality among perpetrators.  Suggestions for addressing this include:

  •          Aggressively pursuing, prosecuting and sentencing abusers not only may protect victims and their children but also may reduce nondomestic offenses often committed by abusers.
  •          Focusing on those already arrested for domestic violence provides law enforcement with the means to target a high-risk population of abusers who are disproportionately likely to commit new abuse-related and other offenses. 



The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS)
On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States, based on a survey conducted in 2010. Over the course of a year, that equals more than 12 million women and men. Those numbers only tell part of the story—more than 1 million women are raped in a year and over 6 million women and men are victims of stalking in a year. These findings emphasize that sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence are important and widespread public health problems in the United States. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Intimate Partner Violence

Intimate Partner Violence in Omaha
Researchers conducted interviews with service providers, held focus groups with survivors and reviewed literature to gather information on survivor needs and available services in Omaha. Based on this research, they came up with three key themes:

  • A comprehensive set of services is available for survivors in Omaha, although some gaps exist.
  • Service providers generally collaborate well with one another, although there are opportunities to enhance these partnerships and streamline services.
  • The prevention of intimate partner violence is being addressed by the community to varying degrees, but more can be done, especially with regard to educating children.

Opportunities to enhance service delivery include addressing current service gaps, enhancing outreach and service coordination, and further addressing prevention efforts. Wilder Research on behalf of the Women's Fund of Omaha & in partnership with the Lozier Foundation


Parenting and Domestic Violence


This site includes webinars such as Custody Challenges for Battered Women: Research & Practice and Recognizing Batterer Tactics Against Mothers and Children Post-Separation   http://www.bwjp.org/custody_webinar_recordings.aspx

Research Articles:

New Research on Domestic Violence Shows Devastating Impact on New Mothers 


Parenting in the Context of Domestic Violence  http://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/ParentingDV_fullReport.pdf

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