Given the fact that women seem to be less likely to be arrested, we examined the rate of arrests for violating a family violence order in Georgia


In 2014 of the 5,328 TPO's filed against female perpetrators, there were 127 women placed under arrest for violating a family violence order - 2.4%

Similarly of the 17,232 TPO's filed against men there were 654 men placed under arrest for violating a family violence order - 3.8%.

Given the similar rates of arrest for violating a family Violence Order in Georgia in 2014 combined with the tendency to avoid arresting women, there is evidence that TPO's are violated by female perpetrators at rates similar to men. 

Men who report domestic violence are often not believed. in contrast, a woman who reports domestic violence is often assumed to be honest and needing immediate help. A survey from 1985 of 6,002 couples found that when a woman called the police to report domestic violence, the man was ordered from the house 41.4% of the time. In contrast if a man called the police to report domestic violence, the woman was ordered from the house 0% of the time. Similarly when a woman called the police, the man was threatened with immediate arrest in 28.2% of the cases but if a man had called to report domestic violence, the woman was threatened with arrest 0% of the time.

Most concerning of all, if a woman called the police to report domestic violence the man was arrested 15% of the time. But if the man called to report domestic violence, the woman was arrensted 0% of the time AND THE MAN WHO CALLED TO REPORT THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE WAS HIMSELF ARRESTED  IN 12.1% OF THE CASES.


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