Date of Award

Summer 1996

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Sociology & Criminal Justice


Applied Sociology

Committee Director

Garland White

Committee Member

Helen C. Rountree

Committee Member

James A. Nolan

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.S62 M47


The purpose of this study is to examine the severity of wife battering in the U. S. Navy and to determine if duty assignment has an impact on its occurrence. Although considerable research on wife battering has been conducted in the general population over the past 25 years, limited research has focused its attention on wife battering in the military; there has been virtually no research conducted in the Navy. The present research utilizes Norfolk, Virginia Naval Base Police data on domestic disturbance calls at five Navy housing complexes, as well as ship deployment schedules, and compares the incidence of reported battering between sailors assigned to sea and shore duty. Among the batterers in the data, analysis reveals that wife battering is more severe among sailors assigned to sea duty. Additionally, sailors are more likely to batter their wives after a short "honeymoon period" home from deployments. This research suggests that an intervention period prior to a sailor's return home or during this "honeymoon period" may be possible.


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