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NCJ Number: 158431 Find in a Library
Title: Domestic Violence: More Than a Private Affair
Corporate Author: AIMS
United States of America
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 0
Sponsoring Agency: AIMS
Chatsworth, CA 91311-4409
Publication Number: ISBN 0-8068-9905-0
Sale Source: AIMS
9710 DeSota Avenue
Chatsworth, CA 91311-4409
United States of America
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Intended for use by police, this training videotape depicts a case of spouse abuse and provides step-by-step instructions for the most effective and safe actions that police should take.
Abstract: The narrator presents statistics about domestic assault, noting that it is the single major cause of injuries to women. It also explores and refutes common myths about spouse abuse. The discussion emphasizes the criminal justice system's responsibility for intervening in cases of domestic violence and making clear the message that spouse abuse is illegal. The narrator also emphasizes the use of arrest as a means of forcing the batterer to seek professional help to change the behavior. The dramatization portrays a middle-class suburban family in which the abuse escalates rapidly from yelling and name calling to throwing items, shoving, and kicking the wife, who calls the police. Police responding to domestic assault calls are advised to park for tactical advantage, separate the victim from the suspect, determine the victim's condition and whether a weapon was used, and decide whether to arrest. Statements from actual victims
Main Term(s): Victims of violent crime
Index Term(s): Domestic assault; Domestic assault arrest policies; Police crisis intervention; Police policies and procedures
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