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).
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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Gender Studies
- Sociology and Political Science