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NCJ Number: 156182 Find in a Library
Title: Battered Women's Experiences with a Preferred Arrest Policy
Journal: Affilia  Volume:9  Issue:1  Dated:(Spring 1994)  Pages:60-70
Author(s): B L Yegidis; R B Renzy
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 11
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The effect of an arrest policy on battered women's experiences is explored.
Abstract: This article reports the findings of an exploratory study of the experiences of 51 battered women in four spouse abuse shelters in a Florida county with a preferred arrest policy. Despite this policy, which encourages the police to arrest spouse abusers, the police arrested only 12 abusers, although 36 women wanted their abusers to be arrested. Moreover, the police provided information about injunctions for the protection of the battered woman and spouse abuse shelters in only 22 cases. Possible reasons for these findings and implications for social work practice are presented. A brief literature review is included. Methodology is explained. Limitations of the findings of this study are enumerated. References
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Abused women; Arrest and apprehension; Legal remedies for battered women
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