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The Impact of Primary Aggressor Laws on Single Versus Dual Arrest in Incidents of Intimate Partner Violence
David Hirschel, Lindsay Deveau
In order to assess the impact of primary-aggressor laws on the likelihood of both single and dual arrest, this study examined 3,078 incidents of intimate partner violence reported to the police in 25 jurisdictions in four states.
The study found that although dual arrests were just over twice as likely in a state without a primary-arrest statute, an arrest was nearly one-third less likely in a state with such a statute. The policy implications of this finding are discussed. (Publisher abstract modified)