Mittwoch, März 05, 2014

Studie: Verpflichtende Festnahmen bei häuslicher Gewalt steigern Tötungsrate um 400 Prozent

Requiring police to arrest anyone they suspect of minor domestic violence can lead to a four-fold increase in early death for their victims, research to be revealed Monday shows.

A shocking illustration of unintended consequences, the long-term analysis of 1200 domestic violence cases in Milwaukee marks the greatest challenge yet to the "mandatory arrest" policies that were adopted across North America and Britain in the 1980s. Those policies, for domestic assault without serious injury, came after years of police minimizing domestic violence as a private family matter, and are broadly supported as key to reducing harm.

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