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Understanding the factors that predict victim retraction in police reported allegations of intimate partner violence

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dc.contributor.author Sleath, Emma
dc.contributor.author Smith, Lisa
dc.date.accessioned 2017-11-03T11:52:59Z
dc.date.available 2017-11-03T11:52:59Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Sleath, Emma; Smith, Lisa. (2017). Understanding the factors that predict victim retraction in police reported allegations of intimate partner violence. Psychology of Violence, 7(1), 140-171 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://lra.le.ac.uk/bitstream/2381/37470/6/IPVretraction paper_Accepted version.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11990/30
dc.description.abstract Objective: A large number of victims of intimate partner violence (IPV), who report their victimization to the police, subsequently either retract or disengage from the police investigation. Given that we have a very limited understanding of victim retraction/disengagement in IPV cases, this study addresses this gap by identifying the victim, perpetrator, and offense characteristics that predict retraction/disengagement. Method: Cases of police-reported IPV (n = 524) were analyzed to examine victim, perpetrator, and offense characteristics that may predict retraction or disengagement as well as examining the reasons given for retracting/disengaging from the police investigation. Results: The results indicated a high level of retraction or disengagement from police investigations. Victim and perpetrator characteristics did not predict retraction or disengagement; however, in comparison with cases in which the victims maintain engagement with the case, a number of offense related characteristics (e.g., risk assessment level) did predict retraction and disengagement. Conclusions: Victim retraction and disengagement is a significant issue in the successful prosecution of IPV cases, and the findings suggest that certain offense related characteristics increase the likelihood of victim retraction/disengagement. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Domestic Violence en_US
dc.subject Investigation en_US
dc.subject Spouse Abuse en_US
dc.subject Withdrawal en_US
dc.subject Recantation en_US
dc.subject Recant en_US
dc.subject Attrition en_US
dc.subject Research en_US
dc.subject International en_US
dc.subject United Kingdom en_US
dc.title Understanding the factors that predict victim retraction in police reported allegations of intimate partner violence en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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