Improving Coordinated Responses for Victims of Intimate Partner Violence: Law Enforcement Compliance With State-Mandated Intimate Partner Violence Documentation

Catherine Cerulli, Elizabeth A. Edwardsen, Dale Hall, Ko Ling Edward Chan, Kenneth R. Conner

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Law enforcement compliance with this mandate is unknown. We reviewed law enforcement completion rates of Domestic Violence Incident Reports (DVIRs) and assessed correlations with individual or legal factors. Law enforcement officers filed DVIRs in 54% of the cases (n = 191), more often when injury occurred (p <.01) and the defendant had prior court contact (p <.05). The discussion explores policy implications and potential means to rectify the gap between mandated processes and implementation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)897-907
Number of pages11
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • abuse
  • domestic violence
  • intimate partner violence
  • law enforcement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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