Exploring New Approaches to
Reducing Domestic Violence
Much progress has been made in recent years in dealing with domestic violence. Indeed, we have seen that the rate of violence in the home against women has begun to show a small decline (although home violence against men has stayed about the same). Feminist organizations, the women's movement, battered women's shelters, and social scientists all deserve a great deal of credit for the decline. There is still much to be done to prevent domestic violence against both men and women.
This chapter will look at some fairly new methods a number of states and localities have adopted in an attempt to address domestic violence. We will also examine some models for prevention. Further consideration will be given to reworking existing programs to deal with the true nature of the majority of domestic violence instances, and we will find out about a program that holds great promise in addressing many forms of family violence and abuse.
Many states and local jurisdictions now have automatic arrest policies; that is, the victim, who is often afraid to do so, is not required to press charges in order for the offender to be arrested. The responding officer is obligated to make an arrest when there is an apparent physical injury caused by a family member or household member. The fear of imminent