Emily Wright, Ph.D. Publishes New Study
Wright and Tillyer Find that Social Ties with Neighbors may Foster Minor Forms of Partner Violence against women
In a recent study conducted by UNO SCCJ Professor Emily Wright, Ph.D. and colleague Marie Shubak Tillyer, Ph.D. from the University of Texas at San Antonio, they found that social ties with neighbors may foster minor forms of partner violence against women. The study, which was publiched in Journal of Interpersonal Violence, found that neighborhoods where residents recognize each other or were able to identify non-residents on sight actually had higher rates of minor forms of intimate partner violence (IPV) against women (e.g., slapping), but these effects did not extend to more severe forms of IPV (e.g., punching, kicking). Further, although cohesion and collective efficacy among neighbors have been found to reduce street crimes such as robberies, they failed to protect women from IPV. The findings suggest that unlike street crime, collective efficacy does not significantly reduce IPV against women, even in neighborhoods with strong social ties that may facilitate awareness of the violence. In fact, perpetrators of minor IPV may enjoy some protective benefit in communities with strong social ties that make neighbors hesitant to intervene on what some might perceive as “private matters.”
Published April, 2018
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