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Correlates of Re-Arrest Among Felony Domestic Violence Probationers

NCJ Number
Federal Probation Volume: 72 Issue: 3 Dated: December 2008 Pages: 42-47
Richard R. Johnson
Date Published
December 2008
6 pages
This study examined which offender characteristics were correlated with rearrest for a new violent offense.
Results identified several characteristics of felony domestic batterers that were predictive of rearrest for a violent offense while on probation: age, employment, instability, residing with the victim, substance abuse, prior criminal convictions, and prior violence convictions. The directions of all of these significant relationships were in the predicted directions: younger offenders were more likely to be rearrested than older offenders; the more job changes or address changes the offender had experienced, the more likely the offender was to be rearrested; offenders who were still residing with their victims were more likely to be rearrested than offenders who were not; offenders with a prior alcohol or drug offense conviction were more likely to be rearrested than offenders without; and the longer the offender’s criminal record, both total offenses and violent offenses, the more likely he was to be rearrested. An eighth variable, education, approached significance with a probability of .071, and displayed a negative relationship as predicted. Finally, two of the independent variables, race and prior batterer counseling, did not approach significance. Data were collected from 273 male offenders sentenced to probation for a domestic violence-related felony offense in a suburban county in the Chicago metropolitan area. Tables and references