Study of Hypotheses in Connection With Arrests Related to Domestic Assault

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Summary of this study The study examines two hypotheses in connection with arrests related to domestic assault. The authors investigated the accuracy of Black's relational-distance thesis which says that the possibility of arrest increases with the distance of relationship increase between victim and perpetrator. In other words, the less closely related the perpetrator is to victim, the more likely eh police are to arrest perpetrator. The second hypothesis that the researchers rested was Klinger's leniency principle which suggests that arrests of male perpetrators who assault intimate female partners (or relatives) are lower than for those who assault other females (less intimate to theme). In this way,t he two hypotheses are related in that both assume that the closer the relationship between perpetrator and victim, the less seldom the arrest. The authors tested their hypothesis by consulting the records of National Survey of Violence and Threats of Violence Against Women and Men in the United States, 1994-1996, and conducting logistic regression models against the data. The first part of the hypothesis was supported. Authors did find that the less intimate the relationship between perpetrator and victim, the more likely the police were to make an arrest. In other words, an acquaintance, a relative, or a romantic partner of the victim, faced different possibilities of arrest with the acquaintance facing a higher possibility than the romantic partner. In the

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