Harm Reduction in Domestic Violence: Does Marijuana Make Assaults Safer?

34 Pages Posted: 8 May 2019

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Jacob Kaplan

University of Pennsylvania - Jerry Lee Center of Criminology

Li Sian Goh

University of Pennsylvania

Date Written: April 9, 2019

Abstract

While all forms of domestic violence can be uniquely traumatizing, incidents resulting in serious injury can lead to lasting physical, mental, and financial consequences for the victim. Hence, it is surprising that most literature on the effects of policy intervention on domestic violence treats such incidents as homogeneous rather than considering differing levels of victim injury. This study provides evidence that decriminalization of marijuana leads to substantial declines in victim injury. Among domestic violence assaults where the victim suffered a serious injury, there was a significant decline in incidents where the offender was under the influence of alcohol or used a weapon.

Keywords: marijuana, domestic violence, DV, harm reduction

Suggested Citation

Kaplan, Jacob and Goh, Li Sian, Harm Reduction in Domestic Violence: Does Marijuana Make Assaults Safer? (April 9, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3369231 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3369231

Jacob Kaplan (Contact Author)

University of Pennsylvania - Jerry Lee Center of Criminology ( email )

483 McNeil Building
3718 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6286
United States

Li Sian Goh

University of Pennsylvania ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

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