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Strengthening community-level understanding of and responses to intimate partner violence using geographic information systems (GIS)

Christine Murray (Department of Counseling and Educational Development, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA)
Rick Bunch (Department of Geography, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA)
Eleazer D. Hunt (Information Services, Greensboro Police Department, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA)

Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research

ISSN: 1759-6599

Article publication date: 11 July 2016

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Abstract

Purpose

Recently, there has been increased attention to community- and neighborhood-level influences on rates and experiences of intimate partner violence (IPV). The purpose of this paper is to describe the use of geographic information systems (GIS) to geographically analyze these influences in order to enhance community-level understanding of and responses to IPV.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors review existing literature supporting the needs for this level of analysis, and then they present eight steps for researchers and practitioners to use when applying GIS to analyze IPV.

Findings

This is a conceptual paper.

Research limitations/implications

This paper offers researchers and practitioners suggested strategies for using GIS analyses to examine community-level influences on IPV in future research.

Practical implications

The practical implications of using GIS analyses are discussed, including ways that the findings of these analyses can be used to enhance community-level resources to prevent and respond to IPV.

Social implications

This innovative, interdisciplinary approach offers new insights into understanding and addressing IPV at a community level.

Originality/value

To date, there has been minimal research used to apply GIS analyses to the problem of IPV in communities. This paper presents a framework for future researchers and practitioners to apply this methodology to expand on community-level understanding of IPV.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank Captain Mike Richey, Lieutenant Jill Gladieux, and Sergeant Jack Steinberg of the Greensboro Police Department for their contributions and collaboration on the work described in this paper.

Citation

Murray, C., Bunch, R. and Hunt, E.D. (2016), "Strengthening community-level understanding of and responses to intimate partner violence using geographic information systems (GIS)", Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, Vol. 8 No. 3, pp. 197-211. https://doi.org/10.1108/JACPR-01-2016-0209

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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