New York State law mandates specific intimate partner violence (IPV) documentation under all circumstances meeting the enumerated relationship and crime criteria at the scene of a domestic dispute. Law enforcement compliance with this mandate is unknown. We reviewed law enforcement completion rates of Domestic Violence Incident Reports (DVIRs) and assessed correlations with individual or legal factors. Law enforcement officers filed DVIRs in 54% of the cases (n = 191), more often when injury occurred (p <.01) and the defendant had prior court contact (p <.05). The discussion explores policy implications and potential means to rectify the gap between mandated processes and implementation.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This study was supported in part by Grants T32MH18911 (E. D. Caine, PI), K01MH075965 (C. Cerulli, PI), and P20 MH071897 (E. D. Caine, PI).
Kenneth R. Conner , PsyD, MPH, is professor in the Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Rochester. He studies suicidal behavior with an emphasis on the roles of alcohol and other substance use, aggression, and interpersonal conflict and isolation. His clinical interests include motivational interviewing and psychological testing. His current funding includes a 4-year study using a case-control design of attempted suicide among treated alcoholics sponsored by National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA; Conner, PI), and a 1-year pilot study using motivational interviewing with substance abusers presenting to the psychiatric emergency department with suicidal ideation sponsored by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP; Conner, PI).
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Gender Studies
- Sociology and Political Science