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NCJ Number: 149501 Find in a Library
Title: Mandatory Arrest and Domestic Violence in Massachusetts: Executive Summary
Author(s): W M Holmes; S I Mignon; T Headley
Corporate Author: Massachusetts Cmtte on Criminal Justice
Statistical Analysis Ctr
United States of America
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Washington, DC 20531
Massachusetts Cmtte on Criminal Justice
Boston, MA 02108
Contract Number: 91BJCXK039
Sale Source: Massachusetts Cmtte on Criminal Justice
Statistical Analysis Ctr
110 Tremont Street, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study evaluated the effectiveness of a Massachusetts domestic violence statute that mandates arrest under certain circumstances. The analysis was based on domestic calls for service for a representative sample of 24 police departments throughout the State from December 1991 through March 1992.
Abstract: The analysis showed that, while most agencies had implemented the training, information, and policy changes required by the statute, they still varied in the extent of arrests made during domestic violence calls. Nonetheless, the arrest rates for domestic violence increased from 7 percent during the period preceding the statute, to 18 percent. Arrest rates for violating a court protection order also increased significantly. Injury to the victim, use of a weapon, presence of a witness, and use of alcohol by the offender also increased the likelihood that the responding officer would make an arrest. Offenders who were themselves injured or who were living with the victim were also more likely to be arrested. 3 figures
Main Term(s): Police domestic violence training
Index Term(s): Arrest statistics; Domestic assault arrest policies; Massachusetts; Statistics
Note: See NCJ-148953 for Full Report
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