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Abstract

Although domestic violence is an issue regularly discussed in magazines, newspapers, and elsewhere, many law enforcement agencies including many in New England do not have the capacity to track these incidents and the relationship between the victim and the offender. Through an analysis of law enforcement data from Maine’s Aroostook County, in 1997 and 1998, this article analyzes the problem of domestic violence in rural, northern Maine from a law enforcement perspective. Among the findings are the following: the reported severity of physical injury is low, the victim’s contact with the police is unlikely to be the first incident of domestic violence, the number of male victims of domestic abuse is higher than in selfreported data, and intoxication (alcohol/drugs) on the part of one or both parties stands higher than intoxication in the general population. After data analysis, training and policy implications are then discussed.

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