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Assaults in Domestic Violence Incidents Reported to Alaska State Troopers

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dc.contributor.author Rivera, Marny
dc.contributor.author Rosay, André B.
dc.contributor.author Wood, Darryl S.
dc.contributor.author Postle, Greg
dc.contributor.author TePas, Katherine
dc.date.accessioned 2016-11-10T19:41:29Z
dc.date.available 2016-11-10T19:41:29Z
dc.date.issued 2009-02
dc.identifier.citation Rivera, Marny; Rosay, André B.; Wood, Darryl S.; Postle, Greg; & TePas, Katherine. (2009). "Assaults in Domestic Violence Incidents Reported to Alaska State Troopers." Alaska Justice Forum Reprints 4 (Feb 2009). en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11122/7010
dc.description Originally published in the Alaska Justice Forum 25(3): 1, 7–12 (Fall 2008). en_US
dc.description.abstract This study examined 1,281 cases with an assault charge involving domestic violence reported to Alaska State Troopers in 2004, and excluded any cases reported to local or municipal departments. * Eighty-two percent of reports were handled by three detachment areas: 32% in C — “ Western Alaska, 29% in D — “ Interior Alaska, and 22% in B — “ Southcentral Alaska. Troopers received 80% of the reports, while 20% were received by Village Police Officers, Village Public Safety Officers, or Tribal Police Officers. Eighty-one percent of the assault charges were in the fourth degree. Eighty-four percent of assaults were reported within 24 hours, and 89% of victims and 81% of suspects were interviewed on the day of the report. * Seventy-six percent of suspects were male and 24% were female. On average, suspects were 33 years old and victims were 32 years old. The majority of assaults in domestic violence incidents (86%) were intra-racial. Fifty-seven percent of suspects and 32% of victims used alcohol. Overall, alcohol was involved in 59% of domestic violence incidents reported to Troopers. * Most assaults in domestic violence incidents (75%) occurred between victims and suspects who were staying or living together. The most common forms of violence (disclosed by victims and documented by officers) included pushing, grabbing, or shoving the victim (in 48% of incidents), punching the victim (in 29%), and slapping or hitting the victim (in 28%). Weapons such as knives or guns were rarely used. The most common injuries included bruising (for 38% of victims), lacerations or bite marks (for 27%), bloody nose or lips (for 10%), and black or swollen eyes (for 10%). Forty-three percent of incidents occurred in the presence of children. * Eighty percent of cases were referred to the Alaska Department of Law for prosecution, 68% were accepted for prosecution, and 54% resulted in a conviction. Overall conviction rates were slightly lower for female suspects, but conviction rates were generally not affected by victim gender or victim-suspect relationship. en_US
dc.publisher University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center en_US
dc.source Alaska Justice Forum Reprints en_US
dc.subject assault en_US
dc.subject crime in Alaska en_US
dc.subject domestic violence en_US
dc.subject family en_US
dc.subject intimate partner violence (IPV) en_US
dc.subject violence against women en_US
dc.subject criminal case processing en_US
dc.title Assaults in Domestic Violence Incidents Reported to Alaska State Troopers en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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