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NCJ Number: 98032 Find in a Library
Title: Does Arrest Really Deter Wife Battery? An Effort to Replicate the Findings of the Minneapolis Spouse Abuse Experiment
Journal: American Sociological Review  Volume:50  Issue:2  Dated:(April 1985)  Pages:253-262
Author(s): R A Berk; P J Newton
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 10
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In this paper we try to replicate the findings from the Minneapolis Spouse Abuse Experiment (Sherman and Berk, 1984).
Abstract: Using longitudinal data from the criminal justice system on 783 wife-battery incidents, an ex post facto design coupled with a propensity-score analysis reveals that arrests substantially reduce the number of new incidents of wife battery. In addition, the reductions are greatest for batterers whom the police would ordinarily be especially inclined to arrest. Policy and theoretical implications are discussed. (Author abstract)
Index Term(s): Arrest and apprehension; Battered wives; Domestic assault; Minnesota; Police policies and procedures; Program evaluation
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