Research Publication Title

Domestic Violence in Baldwin County: Risks and Correlates

Major

Sociology

Faculty Mentor(s)

Stephanie M. McClure

Abstract

In Baldwin County, the overwhelming majority of victims and offenders in domestic violence and misdemeanor cases are African American. In this paper I explore how and why incidence of domestic violence and misdemeanors in this area appear disproportionate in the black community in Baldwin County. Previous research suggests it has to do with socioeconomic disadvantage and how lack of access to financial stability places stress on vulnerable populations, especially when paired with a detachment of norm-inducing institutions and the possible loss of community support. These factors all contribute to create an environment where interpersonal violence can happen. Through analysis of data obtained as part of an internship with the Baldwin County Solicitor General's office, it is possible to consider the relative role of these factors for both victims and offenders of domestic violence. Economic instability plays a major role in these instances of violent deviance. Significantly, lack of access to financial resources means many of individuals do not have access to education, a well-paying job, or some kind of social support that would allow them to leave their situation, further contributing to the cycle of violence they experience.

Start Date

10-4-2015 10:15 AM

End Date

10-4-2015 11:15 AM

Location

HSB 304

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Domestic Violence in Baldwin County: Risks and Correlates

HSB 304

In Baldwin County, the overwhelming majority of victims and offenders in domestic violence and misdemeanor cases are African American. In this paper I explore how and why incidence of domestic violence and misdemeanors in this area appear disproportionate in the black community in Baldwin County. Previous research suggests it has to do with socioeconomic disadvantage and how lack of access to financial stability places stress on vulnerable populations, especially when paired with a detachment of norm-inducing institutions and the possible loss of community support. These factors all contribute to create an environment where interpersonal violence can happen. Through analysis of data obtained as part of an internship with the Baldwin County Solicitor General's office, it is possible to consider the relative role of these factors for both victims and offenders of domestic violence. Economic instability plays a major role in these instances of violent deviance. Significantly, lack of access to financial resources means many of individuals do not have access to education, a well-paying job, or some kind of social support that would allow them to leave their situation, further contributing to the cycle of violence they experience.