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NCJ Number: 148713 Find in a Library
Title: Spouse Abuse Research Raises New Questions About Police Response to Domestic Violence
Corporate Author: Police Foundation
United States of America
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
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Document: PDF
Dataset: DATASET 1
Publisher: http://www.policefoundation.org 
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The National Institute of Justice funded this study, in which previous research conducted in Minneapolis was replicated in Dade County, Florida, to examine whether police treatment of domestic violence offenders has an effect on recidivism.
Abstract: Over 900 suspected spouse abusers were randomly assigned to arrest or nonarrest intervention groups; in the second stage of the study, they were received or did not receive follow-up intervention from the Safe Streets Unit (SSU), comprised of police officers trained to handle domestic violence cases. Officers from the SSU would interview the disputants to determine the frequency of abuse and conditions that precipitated it, help disputants understand the long-term consequences of domestic violence, and refer the couple to outside counseling. Victims included spouses, former spouses, and women who were assaulted by male friends. Information about subsequent domestic violence was obtained from interviews with victims soon after and 6 months after the initial incident, domestic violence continuation reports, and arrest reports. Results of the study showed that arrest of spouse abusers had a significant, positive effect on the recidivism rate, and that suspects who were employed responded better to the arrest treatment than those who were unemployed. There was no significant difference in the recidivism rate between those who received the SSU follow-up intervention and those who did not. 8 figures and 3 references
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Domestic assault arrest policies; Florida; Police crisis intervention; Recidivism statistics
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