Contributory factors affecting arrest in domestic and non‐domestic assaults

Helen M. Eigenberg (Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond)
Kathryn E. Scarborough (Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond)
Victor E. Kappeler (Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond)

American Journal of Police

ISSN: 0735-8547

Publication date: 1 December 1996


Provides empirical evidence for the first time to suggest that police officers are less apt to arrest in domestic violence cases when directly comparing officers’ responses in domestic and non‐domestic assaults. Uses a sample of 92,000 police reports in a small midwestern police department of the USA. Supports the premise of disparate treatment for domestic assaults. Finds that injuries were equally likely in domestic and non‐domestic assaults; that the impact of weapons is limited. Calls for further research to clarify these issues, e.g., to re‐examine officers’definitions of injuries and weapons. Supports findings that officers are more apt to arrest when a victim requests this.



Eigenberg, H., Scarborough, K. and Kappeler, V. (1996), "Contributory factors affecting arrest in domestic and non‐domestic assaults", American Journal of Police, Vol. 15 No. 4, pp. 27-54.

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