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The Macksey Journal

Abstract

Battered women have had to deal with a great rise in violence once mandatory arrests were decided on their intimate partner. The determination of the police to arrest the abuser was not always made with their best intentions. The motivation to arrest the abusers would often stem from the pressure of liability. Often times the police racially profile the victims and the abusers which may result in a dual arrest or unwillingness for victims of domestic violence to contact the police. This study refines our current understanding of the certainty of arrest in relation to domestic violence occurring after the initial report was made. Using quantitative research methods and second hand data, I will be analyzing race, socio-economical status, homicide rates, and state statutes on mandatory arrest regarding domestic violence. My preliminary results give a better illustration of what causes a deterrence of reports by victims based off of statistical analysis. In addition, we look at how the increase in mandatory arrest laws have been counterintuitive for the very people they were set out to protect. Furthermore, I discuss the implications of policy regarding mandatory arrest laws of color.

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