Several states have implemented mandatory arrest policies for domestic violence. In Module 04 you reflected on the Minneapolis Domestic Violence Experiment. Since the implementation of this research there has been an increase in dual arrest. This has created additional challenges.
Please read the article linked below, “She Hit Me, Too. Identifying the Primary Aggressor: A Prosecutor’s Perspective” by Gael Strack. Rasmussen College gratefully acknowledges the National Family Justice Center Alliance and Gael Strack for allowing us to reproduce this article.
Then consider this scenario:
Bob and Sue have been married for 10 years and have 3 children together: ages 7, 5 and 2. Bob struggles to maintain employment due to his alcohol addiction. Sue is a paraprofessional at her two children’s elementary school. Bob has been arrested three times for domestic violence. Last night their 7-year-old daughter called 9-1-1 and reported that her mom and dad were fighting. When the police arrived, Bob admitted to putting his hands around Sue’s neck. Sue was very angry when the police arrived and said that she punched Bob in the throat.
Based on the reading and additional research, your 1-2 page paper should answer the following questions. Be sure to support all of your responses and incorporate citation.
- What theory do you believe best explains why there has been an increase in female arrests for domestic violence? Support your answer.
- Which factors (as outlined in the article) are most important to consider in this scenario? Why?
- What questions do you believe should be asked of both parties in this scenario? Identify at least 3 questions.
- What desired response are these questions attempting to elicit?
- As the police officer, what will you do in this case? Support your response with research.