Here is a little review of domestic violence and mandatory arrest from a pretty good youtube video
In some cases women call the police only to get some kind of help or have the police talk to the "partner" and don't realize that they are going to be arrested weather the victim wants them to or not. This kind of problem seems to be happening very much in the lives of poor and colored women. "mandatory-arrest policy presents unique problems for women of color and poor women that have been largely overlooked by mandatory-arrest advocates". This is because most of the people being effected by the mandatory arrest laws are poor and colored women. These are the people that are usually very dependent on their "partners" and cannot support the children or themselves with them. So, this causes them to feel trapped by the law. They cannot call the police because they will arrest the "partner" they depend on, but when they stay at home they are being beaten and mistreated. White women don't have this problem nearly as much as women of color due to the fact that they are usually much better off financially. Also in most cases they are not as dependent on their "partner" to the degree that poor and colored women are. This whole problem is very difficult to understand and deal with. Some people think that officers should use their discretion such as in the past with domestic violence. However, that leads to even more problems then we are dealing with now. The abusive "partner" in the past would some how convince the police that it was a one time thing or an accident and will never happen again. The women in many cases would be too scared to even speak up or let the police know really what is going on. This would overall lead to hardly any justice for these abused women. Now, we have a system where if you call the police about domestic violence someone is automatically being arrested. Its crazy because now that more justice is being served and carried out, many people are upset with these new policies. It's a double edged sword that has left the people of the criminal justice world with really no idea how to fix it. The negative effects mandatory arrest has on poor and colored women is evident and clear to see. However, more women are finding justice and that is a good thing. So how do we find the proper balance? How can we figure out a system that works out for all sides? It is a very troubling and hard question that people are struggling with to find the answers for. Hopefully, we will find a solution shortly.
Information from a past paper and