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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: IS THERE A GENDER BIAS?

05/25/10

Permalink 07:09:23 pm, by David Stothers

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: IS THERE A GENDER BIAS?

Recently a young woman, the daugher of a local police chief, was arrested in a domestic violence incident after allegedly stabbing her husband in a Midway City motel, according to news reports.

According to the O.C. Sheriff, the woman was processed like any other person, which I don't dispute. But it is not a typical example of domestic violence incidents in this state. If you have ever been contacted by the police as the subject of a domestic violence incident, and you end up getting arrested, then you’re probably a man.  

According to California Department of Justice (DOJ) statistics, law enforcement reported a whopping total of 42,588 arrests statewide in 2008; and of that total, 10,722 arrests occurred in Los Angeles County alone; and 80% of those arrested were males. Rightly or wrongly, the law now mandates certain procedures that police are required to follow, and it strongly favors arrest and prosecution.  

The simple truth is, if you are a man involved in a DV incident, there is a great possibility you’ll be arrested.  And if you’ve been arrested for DV, you’d better run, not walk, to your favorite defense attorney’s office, because there is a great likelihood the district attorney will file charges against you.

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