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NCJ Number: 170528 Find in a Library
Title: Police Handling of Domestic and Nondomestic Assault Calls: Is There a Case for Discrimination?
Journal: Crime & Delinquency  Volume:44  Issue:2  Dated:(April 1998)  Pages:335-349
Author(s): L Feder
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 15
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study compares police handling of domestic and nondomestic assaults in one jurisdiction.
Abstract: Even before domestic violence was studied, research on the police decision to arrest revealed the importance of the victim/offender relationship. Since then, domestic violence has attracted increased attention. More recent studies consistently find low arrest rates when police respond to domestic assault, supporting the belief that police underenforce the laws against domestic violence. However, meaningful discussion on disparity is impossible without comparison to nondomestic assault incidents. This study compared police handling of domestic and nondomestic assaults, with controls introduced for legal and extra-legal variables, out of the Palm Beach, FL, Sheriff's Office. Findings show that police did not respond less vigorously to domestic assault calls. The article encourages similar research in different localities nationwide in order to investigate whether or not police are selectively underenforcing domestic violence laws. Table, notes, references
Main Term(s): Police
Index Term(s): Domestic assault; Domestic assault arrest policies; Florida; Law enforcement; Police crisis intervention; Police policies and procedures; Victim-offender relationships; Victims of Crime; Violence
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