Domestic Violence Among Female Arrestees: Results of Information Collected Through an ADAM Addendum

Cynthia Burke, San Diego Association of Governments
Sandy Keaton, San Diego Association of Governments

The gathering of information on the scope and nature of domestic violence, as well as the service needs of domestic violence victims is crucial for practitioners and policy makers in their efforts to combat this social problem. The current project developed as a follow-up to a National Institute of Justice (NIJ)-funded study that involved the development and administration of a standardized intake form at six battered women's shelters in San Diego County. Specifically, this intake form was modified to explore the nature of domestic violence among another sample of the population: female arrestees interviewed as part of the Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring (ADAM) program. SANDAG manages the ADAM program in San Diego and was responsible for conducting this research with funding from NIJ. Approximately three-quarters of the 185 arrestees interviewed during 2000 and 2001 reported being physically abused in their lifetime and almost half had been physically abused in the previous 12 months. Other data collected as part of these interviews pertain to the nature, severity, frequency, and consequences of domestic violence. This presentation will provide information about these victims and will compare this group with domestic violence shelter clients.

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Updated 05/20/2006