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DUAL ARRESTS - IS IT EFFECTIVE?

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DUAL ARRESTS- WHAT IS IT, WHO USES IT, AND IS IT EFFECTIVE?

Sometimes when police officers are called to a domestic violence situation, they arrest the man, sometimes they arrest the woman, and then there are the times they arrest both.  Some research indicates that dual arrest increases the likelihood of the victim being arrested along with the abuser.  So why do some police departments do that?  What can we do about it?

Julie Randall, a former probation officer turned victims’ rights advocate joins us to talk about dual arrests.  She is the coordinator of the Hendricks County (Indiana) Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and was the founding executive director of Sheltering Wings domestic violence shelter.  Her background in advocacy, community outreach, education and policy development will help us figure out whether dual arrest is a good thing or not, and why some police use the policy of duel arrests more than others.

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