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Creating a Structured Decision-Making Model for Police Intervention in Intimate Partner Violence

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For the past thirty years, activists in the domestic violence movement have pushed the criminal justice system to actively respond to intimate partner violence. Initiated at the grass roots level this movement now enjoys increasing support from governments officials, researchers, and criminal justice practitioners. Many police departments have responded to the charge by creating domestic violence units, instituting better training on the issue, and having clearly written policies regarding response practices.