Patterns of injuries: Accident or abuse

Terry Allen, Shannon A. Novak, Lawrence L. Bench

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This study uses two types of independent variables, age and the location of the physical wound, to develop a model of injury patterning that identifies violent behavior without direct observation of the assault. In this research, domestic violence injuries are compared to accidental injuries. The results indicate that there are specific and predictable injury patterns that separate abuse from other kinds of wounds. A logistic regression model was developed to identify the regions of the body most susceptible to injury from domestic assault. Using the age of the victim and the injury regions, probabilities were calculated to determine which wounds were caused by abuse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)802-816
Number of pages15
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2007


  • Abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Patterns of injuries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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