Domestic Violence Cases: What Research Shows About Arrest and Dual Arrest Rates

Published July 25, 2008

Chapter 1. Nationwide Dual Arrest Study: Analysis of National Incident-Based Reporting System Data


In the first part of the study, researchers:

  • Examined how frequently arrest and dual arrest occur nationwide in domestic and non-domestic violence cases.
  • Examined how incident variables (e.g., the seriousness of the offense), offender and victim characteristics (e.g., sexual orientation, gender), and state laws influence arrest rates.

All data used in the first part of the study came from a nationwide crime reporting database called the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). All the cases collected:

  • Occurred in the year 2000.
  • Occurred in one of 2,819 jurisdictions in 19 states.
  • Involved a violent offense or violent threat.

Why is NIBRS the best data source for studying dual arrests?

NIBRS provides information about each incident reported to the police nationwide. Researchers can use this information to analyze the unique factors that result in arrest, dual arrest or no arrest.

Date Created: July 25, 2008