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Interpersonal violence cases reported to the police: a Nigerian study.
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PMID:  16246919     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The study involves 204 cases of interpersonal assault reported to the police during a period of 1 year. The patterns of domestic violence and community violence involving friends, neighbors, and strangers are described. The most common type of violence reported to the police is community interpersonal violence in which victims are mostly females and perpetrators are mostly males and members of gangs. Cases of rape are reported, whereas spousal violence tends to be underreported. On the whole, female victims are more likely to be younger than their male counterparts, whereas the male perpetrators are more likely to be unemployed. Repeat assault is found in 43 instances. Possible psychological and sociological explanations are offered for violent gang activities. The need to sensitize the police to become more involved is emphasized. The author proposes suggestions that may help reduce the incidence of community violence.
Gbenga T Okulate
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of interpersonal violence     Volume:  20     ISSN:  0886-2605     ISO Abbreviation:  J Interpers Violence     Publication Date:  2005 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-10-25     Completed Date:  2006-03-09     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8700910     Medline TA:  J Interpers Violence     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1598-610     Citation Subset:  IM    
Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, Lagos, Nigeria.
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MeSH Terms
Crime Victims / statistics & numerical data*
Cultural Characteristics
Domestic Violence / statistics & numerical data
Gender Identity
Interpersonal Relations*
Middle Aged
Nigeria / epidemiology
Police / utilization*
Rape / statistics & numerical data
Sex Offenses / statistics & numerical data*
Spouse Abuse / statistics & numerical data
Violence / statistics & numerical data*

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