Article Critique The Effect of Divorce on Domestic Crime


ArticleCritique: The Effect of Divorce on Domestic Crime

The articlebegins with uncertainties as to whether divorce works towardsalleviating domestic violence or as to whether ex-spouses are thetargets of displaced violence. From this point, this is also worsenedby the fact that there are also data uncertainties from the NIRSC(National Incident-Based Reporting System and Consensus) that shouldbe used in this study to investigate the relationship betweendomestic crime rate and the divorce rate. This study contributes toliterary information by differentiating between ex-spouse and spousevictimization, and also the use of comprehensive domestic crimemeasure. The results showed a strong positive effect of the rate ofex-espouse divorce victimization and the current spouse (Stolzenberg&amp D`Alessio, 2007). However, the time taken for married couplearouses critiques since they have to separate prior to divorce beingfinalized. Again, it demands that it should be finalized before itamplifies the rate of spouse victimization. There is also unclearanalysis over the findings that suggest the mandatory periods ofseparation that needs to be shortened or eliminated to assist inattenuating criminal activities between those seeking divorce and themarried couples.

The articleargues that removal of a woman out of an abusive marriagedifferentiates domestic violence and reduces chances of physicalcontact, which is not always the case. By identifying physicalcontact as the only form of abuse by married couples, the articlefails to provide other forms of abuses even after “shortening thetime spent by the participants and increasing the distance”(Stolzenberg &amp D`Alessio, 2007). The article only makesassumptions that reduction in exposure by any mechanism facilitatetermination of the acts of a violent marriage, but it does not showthe lowest probability of a domestic violence happening even with theincrease of distance between the two participants.

The article alsoclaims that empirical studies carried out lend credence to the beliefthat divorce is a form of safety valve that curbs domestic violence.However, that is not the case since it fails to ascertain chances ofviolence the children are like to experience, which is not onlyphysically, but also mentally and emotionally. As much as it factorswith it the welfare benefits that attenuate a woman, for instance, toleave an abusive marriage with the kids, the article only sticks todomestic abuse as the only reason that leads to divorce withoutgiving instances of cheating and unfaithfulness as other reasons fordivorce.

Again, thenumber of homicides recorded at 30% is blamed solely on abusivemarriages but the article does not describe blatantly the reasonbehind the high number of these cases (Stolzenberg &amp D`Alessio,2007). The article leaves the reader guessing the causes and reasonsbehind the statistics. The social scientists are also not convincedthat such a percentage could be blamed solely on abusive marriages.Again, they remain unconvinced that the number of domestic violenceexperienced in the society could be a reason to attenuate by makingit appear easy to dissolve a marriage plagued by violence.

Finally, dataand data variables, both dependent and independent reveal that thedivorce rate exhibits a substantive and a positive on the rate ofex-spouse victimization however, the analysis fails to ascertain theeffects that did not withstand controls to a number of city features.In addition, the findings fail to provide empirical support on thenotion that cases of divorce are displacing domestic crime, and alsounderscore the need to strengthen ant-staking laws. The results alsofail to show credence based on the importance of divorce rate instopping the number of crime rates between married couples.


Stolzenberg, L., &amp D`Alessio, S. J. (April 01, 2007). Effectof Divorce on Domestic Crime. Crime &ampamp Delinquency, 53(2)