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BRIDGING HEALTHCARE, POLICE,
AND COURT RESPONSES TO INTIMATE
PARTNER VIOLENCE PERPETRATED
BY INDIVIDUALS WITH SEVERE
AND PERSISTENT MENTAL ILLNESS
Catherine Cerulli, J.D., Kenneth R. Conner, Psy.D., M.P.H.,
and Robert Weisman, D.O.
A subgroup of individuals with severe and presistent mental illness (SPMI)
commit acts of intimate partner violence (IPV). State and federal legislators
have enacted statutes altering police response to IPV. Proarrest laws have
curbed police discretion to a degree, and resulted in more IPV arrests. Unaware
of alternative options, such as family court, mental health professionals may
refer families with IPV to the police. However, perpetrators with SPMI may be
inappropriate for adjudication in the criminal justice system. A singular legal
response to IPV may miss the opportunity for detection and assertive treat-
ment of SPMI, that could promote safety and reduce the likelihood of violence.
Catherine Cerulli is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Rochester Med-
ical Center and Director of Research, Family Violence Clinic, State University of Buffalo
School of Law, New York.
Kenneth R. Conner is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Rochester
Medical Center, Rochester, New York.
Robert Weisman is Director, Project Link and ACT Programs, Assistant Professor of
Psychiatry, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York.
Address correspondence to Catherine Cerulli, University of Rochester Medical
Center, Department of Psychiatry, 300 Crittenden Boulevard, Rochester, NY 14618;
2004 Human Sciences Press, Inc.