Senior Honors Theses

Author(s)

Amy L. BeckFollow

Publication Date

2011

School

Helms School of Government

Major

Government: Pre-Law

Primary Subject Area

Law

Disciplines

Criminal Law

Abstract

Domestic violence is a crime that affects millions of American families. Traditionally,
domestic violence was recognized by the general population and the courts as being a
private issue that should be handled within the boundaries of the family. Law
enforcement and the judicial system played a minimal role and generally maintained a
hands off policy in relation to domestic violence cases. Adding to this mentality of
privacy, the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution prohibits entering a residence without
probable cause. The Minneapolis domestic violence experiment attempted to measure
which police response was most beneficial. In order to empower victims and bring
abusers to justice, state governments should adopt a pro-arrest policy alongside a
mandatory prosecution policy.

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