Explanations for Intimate Partner Violence and Promising Interventions: A Review of the Literature

Tiffany Wilhelm, Pennsylvania State University- Harrisburg

In 1998, the Bureau of Police of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in conjunction with the Dauphin County District Attorney's Office and the local YWCA, implemented Rapid Response Teams (RRT) as an approach to domestic violence. One of the major goals of the RRT approach was to increase the number of arrests in the City for both simple and aggravated domestic violence-related offenses. The purpose of this paper is twofold: to first examine the extent to which domestic violence-related arrests increased across a three-year period; and, (2) to map, using GIS software, the "hot spots" associated with domestic violence incidences across the City. Conclusions are reached about the effect of RRT programming (police training in this area) on the tracking upward or downward of DV-related arrests, and suggestions are made to the City related to areas where these arrests appear to be clustered.

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