Domestic Violence Paradox: Arrest of "Battered" Women

Susan L. Miller, University of Delaware

ABSTRACT
Mandatory and pre-arrest policies for domestic violence offenders may result in an unintended consequence: A greater number of women arrested, either as sole offenders or in conjunction with dual arrests. Are women becoming more violent? Does this phenomenon reflect backlash shaped by men who batter? Do law enforcers, courts, and treatment providers support aggressive arrest policies for women? Are these women "offenders" or "victims"? This presenttion explores these questions as well as the potential for acontextual decision-making that may facilitate female arrests, the consequences of gender-neutral law enforcement strategies, and the issues these actions raise for female offenders.

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