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    An Evaluation of Methodology Used in Domestic Violence Research

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    This 15 page paper examines a variety of articles on domestic violence and explores methodology. Qualitative and quantitative studies are compared and contrasted. Which methodology is best? This paper uses the domestic violence topic to explore social science methods. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

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    used in respect to the same subject matter. For this particular investigation, domestic violence is the issue at hand, but the true inquiry in respect to this investigation is the  methodology employed by each of the authors. When addressing domestic violence issues, is qualitative or quantitative data better? Of course, the answer is quite complicated as each type of investigation  yields different results and has positive and negative features. Still, it pays to look at a variety of articles to discern just how methods are employed when investigating a social  science topic. The research discussed comes from various journals but the topic itself is one that may be investigated in respect to psychology, sociology and womens studies, amongst other  disciplines. The subject also reflects areas of law and law enforcement. Many issues crop up when domestic violence is discussed. In these research papers, domestic violence is aligned with various  other issues such as drug abuse and marital status and age. While no definitive conclusions are drawn, the body of knowledge to come from these individual articles does add substance  to the issue of domestic violence. All of the information is useful, but again, this inquiry is not about domestic violence. Rather, it is about methodology. In  a study using quantitative data, Ramsay & Richardson (2005) examine the effectiveness of screening for domestic violence by physicians. Many surveys were done and it was found that between 43  and 85% (Ramsay & Richardson, 2005, p. 314) of women were accepting of such screenings in a medical facility. In reaching a conclusion, other quantitative studies were considered by authors:  " In nine studies of screening compared with no screening, most detected a greater proportion of abused women identified by healthcare professionals. Six studies of interventions used weak study designs 

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