|This paper examines the effects of neighborhood characteristics on officer decision-making in domestic violence cases. The data was collected as part of a NIJ grant to study the community policing activities of a large mid-western police department. The data was gathered through observation over a twelve-month period in 1997 on randomly selected shifts with officers. The authors focus on a secondary analysis of 163 "domestic-type" incidents including domestic disturbances, domestic assaults, child abuse, and child neglect cases occurring during the random observations. Analysis includes the independent variables of poverty, nonwhite, renter, and single-family home percentages and the dependent variables of arrest, citation, and order maintenance (non-official) decisions at the neighborhood level. The authors discuss the results of their analysis and their recommendations for future research.
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