The Neighborhood Ecology of Serious Domestic Violence: Structural and Contextual Effects

George E. Capowich, Loyola University New Orleans

This paper analyzes 10 years of geocoded domestic violence distributed across 73 New Orleans neighborhoods coupled with 1990 and 2000 census data. The data include three general categories of domestic violence victimization: misdemeanor assault, aggravated assault, and homicide. Using systemic social disorganization as a theoretical framework, this paper examines how social order characteristics influence the occurrence and seriousness of domestic violence. Implications for the structure of systemic disorganization and policy implications are discussed.

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