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Revisiting the effect of warrantless domestic violence arrest laws on intimate partner homicides

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Warrantless domestic violence arrest laws allow officers to make arrests of alleged offenders of domestic violence without warrants given probable cause. Existing literature classifies these laws into three groups based on the degree of arrest authority given to officers: discretionary, preferred, and mandatory. Using our updating of each type of warrantless domestic violence arrest law, we examine the causal effect of these laws on intimate partner homicides using differences-in-differences. In contrast to Iyengar (2009), we find no evidence that mandatory arrest laws, which remove officer discretion by making arrest a required action, increased intimate partner homicides. Instead, we find some evidence that discretionary arrest statutes, which allowed officer discretion to make arrests, decreased current and former spousal homicides.

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  • Chin, Yoo-Mi & Cunningham, Scott, 2019. "Revisiting the effect of warrantless domestic violence arrest laws on intimate partner homicides," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 179(C).
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:pubeco:v:179:y:2019:i:c:s0047272719301331
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2019.104072
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    Keywords

    Domestic violence; Crime; Gender; Warrantless arrest;
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    JEL classification:

    • D10 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - General
    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
    • J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure
    • K42 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - Illegal Behavior and the Enforcement of Law

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