Abstract This paper shall investigate the policy of mandatory arrest as a method to prevent recidivism in case of domestic or intimate partner abuse. Studies into the origins of the mandatory arrest policy are reviewed. Methods of preventing recidivism are explored and a general conclusion is reached that the mandatory arrest policy is worthwhile but not effective as a tool to prevent recidivism. Mandatory Arrest and Recidivism in Domestic Violence The inquest into domestic violence as a crime has only emerged in the last four decades, prior to the 1970’s spousal abuse was considered a private marital matter and often tacitly approved of by some sub-cultures, however the high profile cases in the United States, the OJ Simpson affair...The end:
.....rceration, and the balance of offenders responded well to treatment and counseling which reduced recidivism. Thus the policy of mandatory arrest should be continued but not look to as a method to prevent recidivism. References Miccio, G. (2005). A House Divided: Mandatory Arrest, Domestic Violence, and the Conservation of the Battered Women’s Movement. Houston Law Review, 42 (2), 237-324. Sartin, R., Hansen, D. and Huss, M. (2006). Domestic Violence Treatment Response and Recidivism: A Review and Implications for the Study of Family Violence. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 11 (5), 425-440. Williams, K. and Houghton, A. (2004). Assessing the Risk of Domestic Violence Reoffending: A Validation Study. Law and Human Behavior, 28 (4), 437-455.