Police Response to Domestic Violence in Taiwan

Pei-ling Wang, National Police Administration, Taiwan

The Domestic Violence Prevention and Control Act (DVPCA) was enacted on June 24, 1999 in Taiwan. This Act signifies about changes in Taiwan society to handle this historically neglected issue and puts the predominate responsibility on police departments. This study is one of the first studies to examine how police respond to domestic violence in Taiwan after the DVPCA's implementation. It seeks to investigate what are the police responses to domestic violence in practice? Furthermore, this study also proposed to examine what are the police's attitudes toward adoption of a pro-arrest policy? Finally, this current aimed to explo9re what factors and outcomes are associated with the filing of protection orders?

This study utilized three surveys to answer the research questions: domestic violence victims (N=168), associated professionals and (N=237), and police officers (N=1105). The findings suggest that police response strategies in practice are versatile. Also, there did exist a huge gap between police policy and practice. The police attitude factor is the most important predictor regarding adoption of a pro-arrest policy. In addition, the impact of protection orders is significantly related to the police enforcing attitude and capabilities.

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Updated 05/20/2006