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The Impact of Primary Aggressor Laws on Single Versus Dual Arrest in Incidents of Intimate Partner Violence

NCJ Number
Violence Against Women Volume: 23 Issue: 10 Dated: 2017 Pages: 1155-1176
Date Published
22 pages
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)

Date Published: January 1, 2017