There is a danger that while the introduction of these pro- and mandatory arrest policies in some jurisdictions has seen a rise in the arrest of perpetrators, there has also been a corresponding rise in the number of dual arrests and single arrests of women for domestic violence.'
Domestic violence victims become accused
'number of women accused of violence against partners has risen by almost 25 per cent in five years, and domestic violence workers blame the rise on police mistakenly arresting victims for trying to defend themselves.
Policies encouraging arrests for domestic violence have had the unintended effect of increasing the risk that women will be arrested with an abusive partner or be blamed for violence, they say.
That view is backed by a new report by the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse, which warns it can be hard to pick the aggressor but that accusing victims can make them distrust the justice system.'