New survey methodologies in researching violence against women

S. Walby, A. Myhill

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This paper assesses the methodologies of the new national surveys of violence against women, including those in the US, Canada, Australia, Finland and the Netherlands, as well as the British Crime Survey. The development of large-scale quantitative survey methodology so as to be suitable for such a sensitive subject has involved many innovations. The paper concludes with recommendations for further improvements including: the sampling frame, the scaling of both sexual assaults and range of impacts, the recording of series rather than merely single events, the collection of disagregated socio-economic data and criminal history.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)502-522
Number of pages21
JournalBritish Journal of Criminology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2001

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