برداشت قربانیان از واکنش پلیس به حوادث خشونت خانگی
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|36146||2007||13 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||محاسبه نشده|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Journal of Criminal Justice, Volume 35, Issue 5, September–October 2007, Pages 498–510
This study examined the nature of police response to domestic violence incidents with a focus on the identification of areas of police intervention that female victims of domestic abuse find “most” helpful and “least” helpful. The first part of the study was based on the analysis of a random sample of incident reports of domestic abuse cases recorded in 2000 and 2001. These reports were examined to obtain information about the characteristics of domestic abuse victims and summary information about the incidents of domestic abuse offenses. The second stage of the research study involved a telephone survey conducted with a random sample of fifty female domestic abuse victims who called the police. The study examined female victims' perceptions of how the police responded to the domestic abuse incidents, how helpful or not so helpful victims found the police to be when they responded to their calls, and how their cases were handled by the legal system.
Domestic violence is a serious problem that cuts across boundaries of race, gender, ethnicity, income, education, religion, and other spheres. The first national family violence study revealed that more than one-third of domestic assaults were serious in nature and involved punching, kicking, biting, beating, and attacks with guns and knives (Straus & Gelles, 1990). At least one-half of all American couples in the United States have experienced minor incidents of domestic violence with serious acts of domestic violence occurring frequently among intimate partners (Straus & Gelles, 1990). Historically, assaults between domestic partners that occurred in domestic settings were ignored. Rarely was violence between intimates viewed as criminal or as a serious social problem (Erez, 1986). When police officers responded to domestic abuse calls, arrest of the abuser was usually the last resort even when an arrest was justified based on probable cause (Bard & Zacker, 1971). The perception of domestic violence as a private act between intimate partners hampered any formal response to domestic violence situations in the form of arrest (Klinger, 1995). It wasn't until the 1970s that domestic violence was placed on the national agenda as a serious problem requiring legal intervention, and the 1980s that mandatory arrest policies began to be implemented. The inadequate legal responses to domestic violence incidents created the need for support and defense of women who were abused by intimate partners (Kelly, 2003). Victim advocacy, feminist organizations, and battered women shelters were developed and eventually facilitated the recognition of violence against women as a part of the broader social structure of society (Erwin, 2006 and Kelly, 2003). When feminist and advocacy groups succeeded in placing violence against women on the political, social, and legal agenda in the United States (Pence, 2001), social and legal reform began to occur. As highly publicized cases of women being repeatedly abused by intimate partners reached the media, feminist groups across jurisdictions in the United States began to publicly criticize police departments for failure to effectively intervene in domestic violence incidents (Kantor & Straus, 1992). The surge of “civil” action lawsuits arguing that the legal intervention approach used by police officers failed to provide women with equal protection of the law (Goolkasian, 1986) led to the implementation of mandatory and pro-arrest policies (Walker, 1993). Settlements in civil cases, based on police departments taking a non-arrest policy, have been cited as the catalyst for the implementation of mandatory arrest policies in the United States (Goolkasian, 1986 and Walker, 1993). Lawsuits brought against police departments placed pressure upon law enforcement agencies to develop new arrest policies that provided victims of domestic violence with equal protection of the law (Walker, 1994). The fear of monetary consequences of such lawsuits prompted police departments across the United States to implement change in the form of mandatory arrest policies. As of 1995, forty-seven states and the District of Columbia had enacted laws requiring the police to make an arrest in all incidents of domestic violence based on probable cause (Bachman and Coker, 1995 and Gelles, 1993). States not only created mandatory arrest policies, but training on the dynamics of domestic violence was administered to law enforcement and community agencies, increasing awareness of violence against women and providing victims with more options and safety measures (Dugan, Nagin, & Rosenfeld, 2003). Mandatory arrest policies have been adopted for several reasons. First, mandatory arrest policies send a strong message that domestic violence is a serious crime and should be treated as such (Stanko, 1989). Second, mandatory arrest laws also relieve the victim of having to sign an arrest warrant unless the perpetrator is no longer at the premise when the police arrive (Goolkasian, 1986). Third, mandatory arrest policies are assumed to have a deterrent effect on repeated acts of domestic abuse (Sherman & Berk, 1984). The use of mandatory arrest policies has generated a number of empirical studies about the effectiveness of arrest in deterring future acts of domestic violence. Mandatory arrest policies require police officers to arrest a suspected perpetrator of domestic violence if probable cause exists regardless of whether the victim wants an arrest to be made (Zorza, 1992). Several studies examined the effectiveness of arrest and the impact of an initial incarceration period on future occurrences of domestic violence incidents using a deterrent model (Dunford et al., 1989, Hirschel et al., 1992, Maxwell et al., 2002 and Sherman and Berk, 1984). The widely cited “Minneapolis Experiment” conducted by Sherman and Berk (1984) was the beginning of numerous empirical studies designed to determine whether the newly implemented policy of mandatory arrest deterred batterers from future use of violence against their partners. While the original Minneapolis study and other studies (Berk and Newton, 1985 and Jaffe et al., 1993) reported that arrest deters batterers, later replications of the Minneapolis study failed to find a similar deterrent effect, producing contradictory conclusions (e.g., Berk et al., 1992, Dunford, 1992, Dunford et al., 1989, Garner et al., 1995, Hirschel and Hutchison, 1992 and Sherman et al., 1992). These studies revealed that arrest does not deter batterers from repeated acts of domestic violence. Some studies found that the deterrent effect of arrest was mediated by factors such as marital status and employment. The arrest of batterers might actually increase future acts of domestic violence for some victims, such as those who are unmarried (Sherman et al., 1992) and those whose husbands are unemployed (Pate & Hamilton, 1992). Pate, Hamilton, and Sampson (1991) found that employed perpetrators were less likely to engage in future acts of domestic violence once arrested than unemployed batterers. In fact, unemployed batterers significantly increased their use of abuse in subsequent acts of domestic violence after arrest. The differences between employed and unemployed batterers may be related to their degree of stake in conformity. Other studies examined the extent to which arrest is less likely to be a policy of choice in domestic assaults than in other types of assaults not involving intimate partners (Fyfe et al., 1997 and Klinger, 1995). Mandatory arrest policies were not implemented and enforced without unexpected problems. In the process of enforcing the mandatory arrest policy, a number of victims were arrested, along with their abusers. In some states, the arrest of domestic violence victims increased to the point that victims were hesitant to call for the police for fear of being arrested (Buzawa & Buzawa, 1993). Many of these victims were either fighting back or defending themselves when they were arrested. Police departments have responded to the dual arrest of both victims and batterers by carefully evaluating the situation to determine which individual was the primary aggressor. Police officers were instructed to examine offensive and defensive injuries, statements from both parties, physical condition of the scene, and other evidence in determining the primary aggressor (Erwin, 2004). It is not clear what percentage of dual arrests accounts for victims' defending themselves against assaults or situations in which both partners are actual abusers. In spite of the potential for dual arrest to occur, some victims support the use of mandatory arrest policies but believe such policies are more beneficial to victims in general rather than themselves (A. Smith, 2000).
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
This study examined victim satisfaction with police response to domestic violence incidents. Victims are engaged in a complex decision-making process in determining whether to call the police in domestic violence situations. In some cases, especially in repeated instances of domestic abuse, victims weigh the benefits and costs of seeking legal intervention. As the data in this study revealed, victims may experience some level of fear about the consequences of seeking legal assistance. Some victims may fear that the abuse will escalate in severity and frequency especially when the abuser is released within twenty-four hours of arrest. The mandatory arrest policy allows police officers to arrest the abuser based on probable cause if the abuser is still at the premise when the police arrive. In those situations in which the abuser has left the premise when the police arrive, the victim must sign the warrant, and in many cases, this means going to the local police department or sheriff's office to process the warrant. Unfortunately, abusers are very much aware of such policy and sometimes leave the premises before the police arrive knowing that the victim may or may not take the initiative to sign an arrest warrant. When victims have to sign the arrest warrant themselves, it is important that police officers explain the process to them, inform victims about the length of time the abuser will stay in jail, how to secure a protection from abuse order, and the potential prosecution of the case. This type of legal sharing of information with the victim can increase the victim's sense of empowerment and control of her situation.