Title

The Domestic Violence Arrest Decision: Examining Demographic, Attitudinal, and Situational Variables

Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Format of Original

20 p.

Publication Date

1-2000

Publisher

Sage Publications

Source Publication

Crime & Delinquency

Source ISSN

0011-1287

Original Item ID

doi: 10.1177/0011128700046001002

Abstract

The effects of demographic, attitudinal, and situational variables on the domestic violence arrest decision were investigated using official data and officer attitudinal data. We examined some variables never before studied in this context (e.g., the demographic characteristics of officers) and improved on the measurement of many variables (e.g., victim cooperativeness, victim injury, and time of shift). Logit analyses clarified those factors that significantly impacted the arrest decision and identified how officers arrived at a determination of a victim's cooperativeness. The findings supported previous research that has highlighted the importance of situational variables in the arrest decision.

Comments

Crime & Delinquency , Volume 46, No. 1 (January 2000), DOI.

The Marquette author was affiliated with Michigan State University by the time this article was published.