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NCJ Number: 158433 Find in a Library
Title: When Looks Kill: Profiling the Domestic Assaulter
Corporate Author: AIMS
United States of America
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 142
Sponsoring Agency: AIMS
Chatsworth, CA 91311-4409
Publication Number: ISBN 0-8068-8735-4
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: Directed to police officers and led by police psychologist Wayne Hill, this videotape presents a dramatization of a domestic assault case that resulted in homicide and presents basic information for use by police officers when responding to spouse abuse calls and trying to determine the potential for further violence.
Abstract: Data are presented noting that among the 4,000 domestic homicides in 1990, half had prior police contact and one- fourth had at least five prior police contacts. The dramatization notes specific verbal and behavioral cues on the part of the perpetrator and the mistakes the responding police officers made in handling the situation and leaving without intervention or arrest. Police are advised to notice such physical clues as a tight jaw, clenched fists, nervous twitching, and blank stares, as well as verbal clues such as unwillingness to communicate. The use of alcohol is also noted as a major risk factor for further violence. The instructor emphasizes that all spouse abuse situations are unpredictable and have the potential for serious injuries. The discussion also notes the need for legislation for victim protection and clear police agency policies regarding police reactions in specific circumstances.
Main Term(s): Victims of violent crime
Index Term(s): Criminality prediction; Domestic assault; Domestic assault arrest policies; Marital murder; Police crisis intervention
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