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Sex Disparities in Arrest Outcomes for Domestic Violence

Hamilton, Melissa and Worthen, MGF (2010) Sex Disparities in Arrest Outcomes for Domestic Violence Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 26 (8). pp. 1559-1578.

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Domestic violence arrests have been historically focused on protecting women and children from abusive men. Arrest patterns continue to reflect this bias with more men arrested for domestic violence compared to women. Such potential gender variations in arrest patterns pave the way to the investigation of disparities by sex of the offender in domestic violence arrests. This study utilizes data from a quantitative dataset that includes responses by police officers who completed a specially mandated checklist after responding to a domestic dispute. The results showed that while females are arrested quite often in domestic disputes, there remains a significant difference in the arrest outcome whereby male suspects were more likely to be arrested than female suspects. Regression models further indicated differences based on sex and certain predictors of arrest, which supported sex-based rationales in arrests for domestic violence.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Law
Authors :
Worthen, MGF
Date : 18 August 2010
DOI : 10.1177/0886260510370592
Copyright Disclaimer : © The Author(s) 2011. Published by Sage.
Uncontrolled Keywords : assessment, domestic violence, legal intervention, perceptions of domestic violence
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 20 Sep 2017 11:19
Last Modified : 20 Sep 2017 11:19

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