Mark Hirschel

David Hirschel, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Criminal Justice
Health and Social Sciences Building #423


Victims Of Crime, Particularly Spouse Abuse; International Criminal Justice; Legal Issues In Criminal Justice.


Hirschel joined the faculty at UMass Lowell in 1998 after teaching for over 20 years at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte where he is Professor Emeritus. Before starting his career in education, Dr. Hirschel worked as the Criminal Justice Coordinator for the Erie County New York Department of Anti-Rape and Sexual Assault and as a house-parent in half way houses both in England and the USA. He has a law degree from Cambridge University in England and an M.A. and Ph.D. in criminal justice from the State University of New York at Albany.

Hirschel’s primary research and teaching interests are in victims of crime, particularly spouse abuse, international criminal justice, and legal issues in criminal justice. He is the author of books and refereed articles and book chapters on a wide variety of criminal justice topics.  Dr. Hirschel has been involved in many funded research projects, both as a principal investigator and as a consultant, and has provided assistance for over 30 years to a wide variety of criminal justice agencies and social service organizations. He was Principal Investigator of the NIJ funded Charlotte experiment on the police response to spouse abuse and the NIJ funded project “Explaining the Prevalence, Context, and Consequences of Dual Arrest in Intimate Partner Cases.” He is currently a Co-Principal Investigator of the Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice funded grant “Integrating Crime Victims’ Issues into University and College Curricula.”

Selected Publications

  • Hirschel, J.D., & Faggiani, D. When an arrest is not an arrest: exceptionally clearing cases of intimate partner violence. Accepted for Publication in Police Quarterly.
  • Hirschel, J. D., & Buzawa, E. (At press).  The impact of offenders leaving the scene on the police decision to arrest in cases of intimate partner violence. Violence Against Women.
  • Hirschel, J. D., & Hutchison, I. W. (2011). Unraveling the relative contributions of his, her, and their drinking to the likelihood of arrest in intimate partner violence cases. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 26, 3050-3079 (2011).