Ethnic Group Differences in Police Notification About Intimate Partner Violence

Jeffrey Ackerman, Tony P. Love

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We analyzed data from the National Crime Victimization Survey to test whether individuals from different ethnic groups differentially notify the police after incidents of partner violence. After finding that minority groups notified the police about intimate partner violence (IPV) events more than non-minorities, we found that socioeconomic status differences between minorities and non-minorities explained a statistically significant proportion of the reasons underlying the differences in notification. We suggest that the pattern of our results supports a structural perspective and has potential implications about the subjective and objective efficacy of police involvement in IPV.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-185
Number of pages24
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2014

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This research was funded by the Texas A&M Mexican American and US Latino Research Center (MALRC).


  • couple violence
  • domestic violence
  • intimate partner/marital abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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