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Aggressor ID picks up where mandatory arrest left off

The complexities of domestic violence cases require policies to help police comprehend abuse situations

The Sun Journal

LEWISTON, Maine — The Maine Criminal Justice Academy, the Maine Department of Public Safety, the Maine Coalition toDomestic Violence and Rep. Deb Simpson, D-Auburn, united this past legislative session around LD 1309, a bill adopting police policies and education about proper "predominant aggressor" identification and enforcement.The International Association of Chiefs of Police defines predominant aggressor as "the person who poses the most serious ongoing threat," while realizing "an injury resulting from...self-defense is neither abuse nor a crime."

Since 1984, mandatory arrest laws have been implemented to punish and deter domestic abuse. The complexity of domestic violence requires a judicial response that encourages police, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, bail commissioners, etc. to understand the context of domestic violence and examine each case individually.

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