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Pub. Type Report
Title Adjusting the National Crime Victimization Survey's Estimates of Rape and Domestic Violence for 'Gag' Factors, Final Report
Author(s) Coker, Ann L.
Stasny, Elizabeth A.
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Pub. Date 1995
Abstract The research focused on the factors associated with reporting rape or domestic assault and factors associated with interview conditions (telephone or personal and who was present during the interview), and statistical modeling to adjust the estimates. The research used NCVS unweighted data for 1986-90 for females ages 16 years or older. Results revealed that crime reporting rates differed by the setting of the interview and the type of crime reported. Rape was reported 2.4 times less frequently and domestic violence 3.1 times less frequently in telephone compared with personal interviews, regardless of who was present during the interviews. The magnitude of this gagging effect was smaller for both assaults and breaking and entry. In addition, rape was reported 2.8 times less frequently when a spouse was present, but 1.35 times more frequently when others and not the spouse were present. Similarly, domestic assault was reported 5.6 times less frequently if a spouse was present for the interview, but 1.8 times more frequently if others were present. A saturated model fit the data exactly but did not make it possible to take other factors into account. An extended model provided a poor fit in all cases. However, the model allows for possible extensions that may provide better first to the data. source
Issue/No. NCJ 173061
Producer United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice
Place of Production Washington, DC

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