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Home is where the hurt is: an econometric analysis of injuries caused by spousal assault

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  • Vani Borooah
  • John Mangan

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Using data on injuries presenting at the emergency departments of participating hospitals in the Australian state of Queensland we examine the nature of injuries resulting from spousal assault and compare them to injuries from nonspousal assault and accidental injuries. We ask: who are the persons most vulnerable to spousal assault?, Are spousal assault injuries more (or less) severe than injuries from nonspousal assault and accidental injuries? Do the recorded figures for assault injuries on women understate the true number of assault injuries, and if so, by how much? 'But for my bonny Kate, she must with me. I will be master of what is mine own. She is my goods, my chattels' (Taming of the Shrew).

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  • Vani Borooah & John Mangan, 2009. "Home is where the hurt is: an econometric analysis of injuries caused by spousal assault," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 41(21), pages 2779-2787.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:41:y:2009:i:21:p:2779-2787
    DOI: 10.1080/00036840701335637
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    1. Tatiana Damjanovic & Geethanjali Selvaretnam, 2015. "Economic Growth and Evolution of Gender Equality," Working Papers 2015_20, Business School - Economics, University of Glasgow.

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    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior

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