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Minneapolis Intervention Project, 1986-1987

Resource Type
Dataset : event/transaction data
  • Edleson, Jeffrey L.
  • Syers, Maryann
Other Title
  • Version 2 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice
Free Keywords
abuse; domestic violence; intervention strategies; police intervention; program evaluation; recidivists; treatment; victims
  • Abstract

    This collection investigates the impact of increased activity of community intervention projects on the incidence of domestic abuse. In particular, the data provide an opportunity to evaluate the impact of police actions and court-ordered abuser treatment on the continued abuse of victims. The data file includes demographic information such as victim's age, race, and sex, and perpetrator's age, birthdate, relationship to the victim, sex, and physical or mental disabilities. Other variables describe the location and description of the incident, the number and gender of victims and perpetrators, and the outcome of the police intervention, i.e., arrest or nonarrest. Interviews with victims provided information regarding previous history of police intervention for domestic abuse, specific information about the violence suffered and resulting injuries, the frequency and type of abuse suffered in the six months prior to the violent incident in question, the type of police intervention used, and the victim's satisfaction with the responses of police. In addition, the 6- and 12-month interviews contain data regarding the change in the victim's relationship status since the last interview, satisfaction with the relationship, continued abuse and criminal justice involvement, use of support services by the victim or members of the victim's family, and satisfaction with these services.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Standardized missing values.; Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Data File
    • DS2: SAS Data Definition Statements
Temporal Coverage
  • 1986 / 1987
    Time period: 1986--1987
  • 1986-02 / 1987-03
    Collection date: 1986-02--1987-03
Geographic Coverage
  • Minneapolis
  • Minnesota
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All domestic abuse cases in two police precincts in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which were reported to the police and for which police visited the location of the incident.
This study employed a longitudinal, three-wave, observational design. The data were drawn from police records of all domestic abuse cases reported over a 13-month period from February 1986 to March 1987 in two police precincts in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Among victims, almost all were female ranging in age from 15 to 70 years of age, and were mostly white, African American, or Native American. Among perpetrators, most were males ranging in age from 18 to 71 years and were mostly white or African American.
Collection Mode
  • The data collection instrument is available only in hardcopy form upon request from ICPSR.

2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (OJP-88-M-196).
This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9808 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09808.v1
  • Farmer, Amy, Tiefenthaler, Jill. The Employment Effects of Domestic Violence. Colgate University Working Paper 100-04.. 2000.
  • Syers, Maryann, Edleson, Jeffrey L.. The Combined Effects of Coordinated Criminal Justice Intervention in Woman Abuse. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.7, (4), 490-502.1992.
    • ID: 10.1177/088626092007004005 (DOI)
  • Elliott, Delbert S.. Criminal Justice Procedures in Family Violence Crimes. Family Violence. Crime and Justice: A Review of Research.Chicago, IL: University of Chicago. 1989.
  • Berk, Richard A., Smyth, Gordon K., Sherman, Lawrence W.. When random assignment fails: Some lessons from the Minneapolis spouse abuse experiment. Journal of Quantitative Criminology.4, (3), 209-223.1988.
    • ID: 10.1007/BF01072450 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Edleson, Jeffrey L.; Syers, Maryann (1993): Minneapolis Intervention Project, 1986-1987. Version 2. Version: v2. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.