Domestic Violence in Rural Areas: An Exploration of Mandatory vs. Preferred Arrest Policies

Nancy Lynne Hogan, Ferris State University
Eric Lambert, Ferris State University
Shannon M. Barton, Grand Valley State University
Alan Clarke, Ferris State University

The handling domestic violence cases in rural communities is an issue that has garnered a significant amount of attention recently. The issue and appropriateness of mandatory versus preferred arrest policies in rural vs. urban jurisdictions is of great concern. A survey of law enforcement agencies (state, county, and local) in six rural counties in a Midwestern state was administered during summer 2000. This survey sought to ascertain whether or not training in rural communities impacted the arrest policies in these departments. Results from this study will be presented along with recommendations on handling domestic violence cases in rural communities.

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Updated 05/20/2006