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    Policing Domestic Violence

    ISBN-10: 0029287316
    ISBN-13: 9780029287316
    Edition: 1992
    Description: "Domestic conflict is the largest single cause of violence in America, yet police have traditionally been reluctant to make arrests for such assaults. In the past decade, however, that reluctance has been overcome, with a 70% increase in arrests for  More...
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    Copyright Year: 1992
    Publisher: Free Press
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 443
    Weight: 1.144
    Language: English

    "Domestic conflict is the largest single cause of violence in America, yet police have traditionally been reluctant to make arrests for such assaults. In the past decade, however, that reluctance has been overcome, with a 70% increase in arrests for minor assaults, heavily concentrated among low-income and minority groups. Spearheading this nationwide crackdown are the 15 states and the District of Columbia which have adopted unprecedented statutes mandating arrest in cases of misdemeanor domestic battery." "In Policing Domestic Violence, criminologist Lawrence Sherman confronts the tough questions raised by this controversial approach to a complex social problem. How should police respond to the millions of domestic violence cases they confront each year, when most prosecutors refuse to pursue them? Why does arresting unemployed batterers do more harm than good? What approaches should police adopt when arrest has totally opposite effects upon "haves" and "have-nots"? Sherman, a leading police researcher, is the architect of the 1984 Minneapolis Domestic Violence Experiment - the first controlled test of the effects of arrest on repeat crime. Here he describes what was learned from a multi-year federal research program to repeat the experiment in Milwaukee, Miami, Colorado Springs, Omaha, and Charlotte. The results are both surprising and provocative." "In fact, arrest deters selectively. Sherman found that it effectively inhibits some offenders, but incites more violence in others. It may also deter batterers for a month or so, only to make them more violent later on. Under this policy, therefore, some women exchange short-term safety for a longer-term increase in danger. Sherman also shows that compulsory arrest reduces violence against middle-class women at the expense of those (often black) who are poor. Some advocates of the policy have endorsed this moral choice, but Sherman argues that domestic violence will continue in spite of, and sometimes because of, our attempts to stop it. Further, while it is possible to predict which couples will continue to suffer abusive behavior, it has been difficult to find effective ways of preventing chronic violence, even when arrests are made. Relying on arrest as a "fix" for domestic abuse only underscores the long neglect of underlying social problems, and Sherman calls instead for more flexible policies - such as "community policing" - that more adequately reflect the diversity of American society."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

    Does Arrest Deter Domestic Violence?
    Policing Violence, Domestic or Not
    Why Are Controlled Experiments Important?
    The Minneapolis Experiment
    The Replication Dilemma: Turning Research into Policy
    The Different Communities Dilemma: Six More Experiments
    The Different Folks Dilemma: Deter Some, Escalate Others
    The Timing Dilemma: Danger Now or Danger Later?
    The Chronic Cases Dilemma: Privacy or Prevention?
    Controlling Domestic Violence
    Appendix 1. The Minneapolis Domestic Violence Experiment
    Appendix 2. The Milwaukee Domestic Violence Experiment
    Section 1. Constructing a Social Experiment
    Section 2. Three Police Responses: Not a Rashomon Story
    Section 3. From Initial Deterrence to Long-Term Escalation: Short-Custody Arrest for Poverty Ghetto Domestic Violence
    Section 4. Crime, Punishment, and Stakes in Conformity: Legal and Extralegal Control of Domestic Violence

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