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NCJ Number: 219840 Find in a Library
Title: Preventing Repeat Incidents of Family Violence: A Randomized Field Test of a Second Responder Program in Redlands, CA
Author(s): Robert C. Davis; David Weisburd; Edwin E. Hamilton
Date Published: August 2007
Page Count: 47
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
Grant Number: 2004-WG-BX-0002
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Dataset: DATASET 1
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study field-tested three levels of timing for a police planned "second response" to homes that were sites of initial domestic violence calls to police.
Abstract: The findings showed no reduction in another incident of domestic abuse within 6 months of the initial police response because of any of the randomly assigned conditions for a planned second response by police. These findings, combined with earlier research results, indicate that second-response programs and policies are at best no factor in preventing reoffending and at worst may increase the likelihood of a repeat of the abuse. Beginning January 1, 2005, and continuing through December 3, 2005, domestic violence victims who called the Redlands Police Department (California) with a complaint were randomly assigned to receive a second response within 24 hours (n=75), or within 7 days (n=77), or not at all (n=148). Victims who received a second response, whether within 24 hours or 7 days, were visited by a social worker or a specially trained domestic violence police officer, who talked with victims about the nature of domestic violence, helped them develop a safety plan, and informed them about various services and legal alternatives available to provide protection from future abuse. Reoffending was determined from police records and surveys with victims 6 months after the initial complaint was made. 9 tables, 1 figure, and 70 references
Main Term(s): Victims of violent crime
Index Term(s): California; Domestic assault; Domestic assault prevention; NIJ final report; Police domestic violence training; Police effectiveness; Services effectiveness
Note: See NCJ-219841 for the executive summary.
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