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Is there very much family violence in the United States?

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  • Is there very much family violence in the United States?

    Incidents of violence: This is difficult since violence occurs "behind closed doors." However, a national random sample of households (Strauss, Steinmetz, 1980) shows that almost 4% of American families experience violence, which has the statistical probability of inflicting injury or death upon the victim (stabbed, gun used, beat up, punched). 4% of all American households equals over two million persons per year. To date, 1994, statistics show four million victims per year.

    If more "common" forms of violence are considered (slapping, scratching, punching, shoving)

    then the estimate is 26% of American households experience this (Richard Gelles, 1974).

    Such violence often accounts for 50% of calls to police on late-night shifts.

    A study in Kansas City showed "domestic disturbance" to be the largest category of police calls. There were 16,000 police contacts for "domestics" in Oakland, California during 1968.

    In Santa Barbara, there are around 150 domestic violence calls to police EACH MONTH.
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