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Exploring the Links Between Components of Coordinated Community Responses and Their Impact on Contact with Intimate Partner Violence Services

NCJ Number
Violence Against Women Volume: 14 Issue: 3 Dated: March 2008 Pages: 346-358
Joanne Klevens; Charlene K. Baker; Gene A. Shelley; Eben M. Ingram
Date Published
March 2008
13 pages
This article examines the impact of each of 10 coordinated community responses (CCRs) on women’s past year exposure to intimate partner violence (IPV) and contact with IPV services; and explores the associations between specific CCR components and contact with IPV services.
This article found that when the 10 CCRs were examined as a whole, there was no significant impact of the CCRs on IPV rates among women overall or in any one of the 10 sites after adjusting for age, marital status, income, and education. Significant differences in rates of contact with IPV services were observed in a few sites. In addition, some coalition qualities and activities that were correlated with higher rates of contact with IPV services in CCR communities were found when compared to communities without this intervention. To examine the impact of CCRs on IPV, 10 CCR intervention sites from 10 States were competitively selected based on need for a CCR and ability to carry out the proposed activities. Each site selected a neighboring community as a comparison site. Data were collected at the end of the 3-year funding period from female respondents obtained from a stratified RDD survey of adults 18 years old and over (n=12,039) to obtain an estimate of the impact of each CCR. For site characteristics with sufficient variability, bivariate Spearman rho correlations were conducted to establish potential associations between CCR characteristics and impact on IPV. Limitations of the study are discussed. Tables, references