Domestic Violence

By: Yexley, Melinda, Borowsky, Iris, and Marjorie Ireland

Using data from the 1998 Minnesota Student Survey, this study finds that smaller proportions of children living with both biological parents are exposed to domestic violence.  Only 4.4% of those living with both biological parents reported witnessing domestic violence in their homes while 9.9% of adolescents not living with both biological parents reported witnessing violence in their homes.  In addition, only 3.5% of those living with both biological parents reported they had been direct victims of domestic violence compared with 6.9% of adolescents not living with both biological parents.  Finally, only 5.8% of adolescents living with both biological parents reported both witnessing and being victims of violence in their home compared to 11.5% of their peer who did not live with both parents.

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