Domestic Abuse: What Do We Know About It?
47 Pages Posted: 10 Nov 2016 Last revised: 5 Sep 2017
Date Written: September 5, 2017
In this paper, we give an overview of the patterns and determinants of domestic abuse, including influencing factors such as the weather, football games as well as covering a wide variety of other temporal and spatial dimensions. We find that domestic abuse is particularly prevalent from Friday to Sunday, and that certain events such as New Year's Eve and football games increase the number of domestic abuse cases. The weather is also found to play an important role, with high temperatures related to increased incidents of domestic abuse. On the other hand, precipitation has a dampening effect. Football matches are found to increase domestic abuse cases in total, and specifically those higher up the social strata. We also observe the effect of socio-economic factors such as income, race, religion and education on domestic abuse incidences. Finally, we address the issue of repeat victims, and the effectiveness of changing address as a preventive measure.
Keywords: Domestic Abuse, Police Demand, Weather, Football, Public Holiday
JEL Classification: J12, J18, K49
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