Wendy McElroy Asks if Domestic Violence Statistics Are Bogus


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Jacquelyn C. Campbell, a professor in the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, is accused of fabricating "key statements [about domestic violence] and then representing the statements as findings of a government survey." On January 14, the victim-advocacy organization, Stop Abusive and Violent Environments (SAVE), filed a formal complaint with the Office of Research Integrity of the Department of Health and Human Services. SAVE wants the unit to "investigate these allegations of research misconduct by Dr. Campbell and colleagues, and take appropriate corrective action." Ultimately, though, writes Wendy McElroy, the respect for truth in domestic violence research will depend on the same factor that allowed falsehood to flourish: the media.