Minneapolis Intervention Project, 1986-1987 (ICPSR 9808)

Principal Investigator(s): Edleson, Jeffrey L.; Syers, Maryann


This collection investigates the impact of increased activity of community intervention projects on the incidence of domestic abuse. In particular, the data provide an opportunity to evaluate the impact of police actions and court-ordered abuser treatment on the continued abuse of victims. The data file includes demographic information such as victim's age, race, and sex, and perpetrator's age, birthdate, relationship to the victim, sex, and physical or mental disabilities. Other variables describe the location and description of the incident, the number and gender of victims and perpetrators, and the outcome of the police intervention, i.e., arrest or nonarrest. Interviews with victims provided information regarding previous history of police intervention for domestic abuse, specific information about the violence suffered and resulting injuries, the frequency and type of abuse suffered in the six months prior to the violent incident in question, the type of police intervention used, and the victim's satisfaction with the responses of police. In addition, the 6- and 12-month interviews contain data regarding the change in the victim's relationship status since the last interview, satisfaction with the relationship, continued abuse and criminal justice involvement, use of support services by the victim or members of the victim's family, and satisfaction with these services.

Access Notes

  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.


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Study Description


Edleson, Jeffrey L., and Maryann Syers. MINNEAPOLIS INTERVENTION PROJECT, 1986-1987. Prepared by Sociometrics Corporation. 2nd ICPSR ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 1994. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09808.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09808.v2

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (OJP-88-M-196)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    abuse, domestic violence, intervention strategies, police intervention, program evaluation, recidivists, treatment, victims

Geographic Coverage:    Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1986--1987

Date of Collection:   

  • 1986-02--1987-03

Universe:    All domestic abuse cases in two police precincts in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which were reported to the police and for which police visited the location of the incident.

Data Type(s):    event/transaction data

Data Collection Notes:

The data collection instrument is available only in hardcopy form upon request from ICPSR.


Sample:    This study employed a longitudinal, three-wave, observational design. The data were drawn from police records of all domestic abuse cases reported over a 13-month period from February 1986 to March 1987 in two police precincts in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Among victims, almost all were female ranging in age from 15 to 70 years of age, and were mostly white, African American, or Native American. Among perpetrators, most were males ranging in age from 18 to 71 years and were mostly white or African American.

Data Source:

official police records

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Standardized missing values.
  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1993-01-06

Version History:

  • 2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.

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