Utilization of police by abused pregnant Hispanic women

William H. Wiist, Judith McFarlane

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Three hundred twenty-nine Hispanic prenatal patients at urban public health clinics who were assessed during routine prenatal care as abused completed the Severity of Violence Against Women Scales and were asked about frequency and effectiveness of their utilization of police. Of the 23% who had used the police, 72% reported that police were very or somewhat effective. Of the women who had used police, 37% said that the violence had ended compared with 22% of the nonusers. Women who had used the police in the past 12 months had experienced more severe abuse than those women who had not. Longitudinal research is needed to determine whether increased severity precedes or follows abused women's use of the police so that the women may be counseled appropriately.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)677-693
Number of pages17
JournalViolence Against Woman
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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