Sociological Evidence in Abuse Litigation



Sociologists can assist attorneys and law firms in various aspects of criminal and civil litigation related to abuse. Social scientists evaluate different types of maltreatment, including child mistreatment (CM), intimate partner violence (IPV), elder abuse (EA), dependent adult abuse (DAB), sibling abuse (SA), and parental abuse (PA). Sociological analysis can clarify different aspects of maltreatment, including risk factors associated with abuse, its impact on social, family, educational, and occupational functioning, and victims’ responses to maltreatment. In this chapter, the author analyzes research in the above areas and discusses several of composite cases to illustrate how sociologists can serve as expert witnesses and consultants in litigation involving abuse.


Intimate Partner Violence Sexual Abuse Child Abuse Child Sexual Abuse Physical Abuse 
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  1. 1.California State UniversityEast BayUSA

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