Neighborhood Context, Routine Activities, and Intimate Violence: An Investigation of the Interplay of Individual and Contextual Risk Factors for Spousal Violence

Maureen Outlaw, Providence College

The current project extends previous work regarding the routine activities of intimate partner violence by examining the larger contextual factors conditioning the effects of guardianship and target suitability. Previous work (Rountree et al., 1994) has reported interactions between routine activity and social disorganization factors, but only examined non-intimate violence. Further, contextual work on intimate partner violence has not combined the micro- and macro-level contextual analyses to gain a more complete picture. In order to provide a more complete ecological analysis, it seems important to examine not only the family context, but the neighborhood context as well. Specifically, the current project uses the Violence and Threats of Violence against women and men in the U.S., 1994-1996 survey (Tjaden and Thoennes, 1998), paired with census data based on county codes, to simultaneously examine the social disorganization and routine activity factors related to intimate partner violence. Implications for research and theory are discussed.

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