Victim Services

Intimate partner domestic violence cases are one of the most dangerous and time intensive calls for police officers. Mandatory arrest policies have been used in domestic violence cases to ensure that someone is arrested. However, sometimes it is difficult for police officers to determine who is the primary aggressor and no arrest would be made. As such, some jurisdictions have created a Dual Arrest Policy in which both parties are arrested when there is an intimate partner violence call and there is not a clear primary aggressor.
Debate Question: Do Dual Arrest Policies in intimate partner violence situations work? Explain your answer by referring to the content of the reading assignments and/or outside sources to support your arguments.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (as well as other states’ Department of Corrections) has an inmate locator system. This is a type of notification system whereby victims can find out the status of their offender. Pretend that you are a victim and you are trying to find out the status of your offender (make up a fictitious name for this person). Go to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation website (www.cdcr.ca.gov) and attempt to locate the offender. Go to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections website (www.cor.state.pa.us) and attempt to locate the offender. Which of the two inmate locator systems did you prefer and why? Explain your answers by comparing several specific aspects of the systems.