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29 J. Offender Rehab. 1 (1999)

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    Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, Vol. 29 (1/2), 1999. Pp. 1-21.
    D  1999 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.







    Police   Response to Domestic Violence




    HEATHER C. MELTON
    University of Colorado


    ABSTRACT This article   reviews published works covering police response
    to domestic violence. Issues reviewed include historical data, impetus for
    change, empirical studies on effectiveness, critiques of research paradigms,
    rationales and objections in relation to mandatory arrest policies, victim and
    offender characteristics that affect police response, and alternative response
    for police intervention. The weight of the literature seems to suggest that
    mandatory arrest policies may not universally achieve positive goals. More-
    over, some studies show that police agencies do not work effectively with
    other social welfare agencies. Future research should seek alternative police
    interventions that yield more integrated methods for societal response to do-
    mestic violence. [Article copies available for a fee from The Haworth Document
    Delivery Service: 1-800-342-9678. E-mail address: getinfo@haworthpressinc.com
    <Website: http://www.haworthpressinc.com>]


    KEYWORDS Police, domestic violence


    Domestic violence is a social problem that has increasingly been targeted
as a phenomenon   in need of social control. At the forefront of this issue is the
debate surrounding  the role police play in their response to domestic  vio-
lence. Historically, police response has been severely limited and confined to
a policy under  which  officers ended up  chronically distancing themselves
from  a task they felt did not belong under their jurisdiction. In the 1970s,
amidst pressure from feminists and battered-women's  advocates for the crim-
inalization of the act of domestic violence, many sociologists, police chiefs,

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