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Statistical approach to domestic violence in the city of Mérida


  • Elizabeth Torres Rivas

    () (Universidad de Los Andes, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Sociales, Instituto de Estadística Aplicada y Computación.)

  • Teresa Salazar

    () (Universidad de Los Andes, Facultad de Ciencias Jurídicas y Políticas, Escuela de Criminología. GIGESEX.)

  • Vitalia Rincón

    () (Medicatura Forense de la ciudad de Mérida.)


This paper presents an analysis of the facts related to domestic violence, focusing on the social stratum to which the interviewees belong to. This is a report of cases of violence within the family in victims and offenders who came to the Forensic Center in the City of Merida during 2004. Empirical results show that out of 60 interviewed cases 83,33% correspond to victims and the remaining 16,67% corresponds to offenders. The multiple correspondence factor analysis shows that the most violent Marginal and Labour strata are opposed to the least violent Middle High and Middle Low strata. The findings suggest that domestic violence is a social and cultural problem, characterized by economic poverty and low educational levels.

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  • Elizabeth Torres Rivas & Teresa Salazar & Vitalia Rincón, 2005. "Statistical approach to domestic violence in the city of Mérida," Economía, Instituto de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales (IIES). Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Sociales. Universidad de Los Andes. Mérida, Venezuela, vol. 30(21), pages 9-38, january-d.
  • Handle: RePEc:ula:econom:v:30:y:2005:i:21:p:9-38

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    domestic violence; family; social stratum.;

    JEL classification:

    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
    • J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure
    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being


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