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NCJ Number: 221764 Find in a Library
Title: Longitudinal Study of Arrested Batterers, 1995-2005: Career Criminals
Journal: Violence Afainst Women  Volume:14  Issue:2  Dated:February 2008  Pages:136-157
Author(s): Andrew R. Klein; Terri Tobin
Date Published: February 2008
Page Count: 22
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: An examination of the domestic abuse and criminal careers of 342 men arraigned in the Quincy District Court (Massachusetts) for domestic violence between 1995 and 1996 examined whether any intervention or multiple interventions over relatively short periods could change long-term behavior such as domestic violence.
Abstract: The study found that the number of abusers who ceased their abuse as indicated by new arrests for domestic abuse or new restraining orders filed against them eroded from 84 percent over 6 months to 39 percent over 9 years. Batterer intervention research with shorter followup periods have uniformly found that the majority of abusers did not reabuse after arrest, prosecution, referral to a batterer program, probation supervision, and/or a restraining order lodged against them. The current research suggests that these studies may have failed to expose the chronic and persistent nature of domestic abuse over time even when time-limited interventions are applied. Study findings also suggest a link between domestic violence and overall criminal behavior. Just over two-thirds of the men were arrested and prosecuted for assault and battery, 44 of them with a dangerous weapon. Another 8 percent were arrested for rape, kidnapping, robbery, or armed assault. Just over 20 percent were arrested for violating a civil restraining order, including 15 percent who were also arrested for assault and battery during the order violation. Only 5 percent were arrested and charged with a nonviolent offense. In the followup longitudinal study, researchers tracked the criminal and civil records for the following decade through the end of 2004 for all but 14 of the abusers in the study (n=342). 4 tables and 36 references
Main Term(s): Victims of violent crime
Index Term(s): Criminal justice system effectiveness; Deterrence effectiveness; Domestic assault; Domestic assault prevention; Effectiveness of crime prevention programs; Longitudinal studies; Recidivism
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