threats of actions or other patterns of coercive behavior that influence another person within an
intimate partner relationship. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate,
isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone.
Calling the police- The Police will ask for your details and about what has happened. They'll ask if
you are safe, and give you some advice. They might send a car around to help sort out the situation.
Depending on if anyone is hurt / or if there's property damage, they might ask you if you want to
Police options in handling domestic disturbances- Domestic violence is abusive behavior in any
relationship, as defined by law, which is used to gain or maintain power and control over a current or
former intimate partner or family or household member. Domestic violence may include physical,
sexual, emotional, economic, and psychological actions or threats of actions. Abusers may also
commit verbal threats, acts of intimidation, property damage, animal cruelty, elder and child abuse,
strangulation, and stalking. The trauma and harm caused by domestic violence can be complex.
The impact of arrest on domestic violence- Domestic violence affects one's thoughts, feelings and
behaviors and can significantly impact one's mental stability. Increased anxiety, post-traumatic stress
disorder and depression symptoms are commonly observed among survivors of domestic violence.
These include post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and suicidal
thoughts. One study shows that the likelihood of abused women experiencing PTSD is seven times
higher than for those who have not been abused.
Minneapolis Domestic Violence Experiment (findings)- The experiment, conducted from early 1981
to mid-1982, applied only to simple domestic assaults, where both the suspect and victim were
present when the police arrived. The design called for each officer to carry a pad of report forms,
color coded for the three different police responses. Each time the officers encountered a situation
that fit the experiment's criteria they were expected to take the action indicated by the report form on
the top of the pad. Police reports were given to the research staff for follow up.
The Omaha Domestic Violence Research- The Omaha Domestic Violence Police Experiment,
presented in this report, was designed, along with five other projects funded by the National Institute
of Justice, to determine if the findings reported for the Minneapolis Domestic Violence Experiment
could be replicated elsewhere. The Omaha experiment focused on eligible domestic assault cases
reported to the police throughout the city between 4:00 p.m. and 12:00 midnight over the study
period. Domestic assault cases were randomly assigned to "arrest", "separation", or "mediation."
Data on assaults for 6 months after the intervention were obtained from police reports and victim
self-reports. Arrest, by itself, apparently did not deter continued domestic conflict any more than
separation of the parties or mediation.
The New Homeless Problem- America's homelessness problem has the makings of an acute crisis.
Shelters across the U.S. are reporting a surge in people looking for help, with wait lists doubling or
tripling in recent months. The number of homeless people outside of shelters is also probably rising,
experts say. Some of them live in encampments, which have popped up in parks and other public
spaces in major cities from Washington, D.C., to Seattle since the pandemic began.
Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)- PERF is a police research and policy organization and a
provider of management services, technical assistance, and executive-level education to support law
enforcement agencies. PERF helps to improve the delivery of police services through the exercise of
strong national leadership; public debate of police and criminal justice issues; and research and
policy development. PERF produces publications that summarize its research findings and
development of policy guidance and best practices. In addition to developing national policy