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NCJ Number: 228193 Find in a Library
Title: Profile of Intimate Partner Violence Cases in Large Urban Counties
Series: BJS Special Reports
Author(s): Erica L. Smith; Donald J. Farole, Jr. Ph.D.
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: October 2009
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Washington, DC 20531
Justice Statistics Clearinghouse/NCJRS
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Document: Agency Summary|PDF|Text
Agency Summary: 
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report examines the characteristics and processing of 3,750 cases of intimate partner violence, filed in the state courts of 16 large urban counties in May 2002.
Abstract: Topics covered include the types of charges filed against defendants, incident-specific information such as victim injury, defendant weapon use, evidence obtained, adjudication outcomes, and sentences imposed on convicted defendants. The report also examines the impact of various case characteristics on the likelihood of conviction. See also State Court Processing of Domestic Violence Cases. Highlights include the following: 1) most cases of intimate partner violence involved a charge of assault, either aggravated (12 percent) or simple (78 percent); an additional 5 percent were charged with intimidation, including stalking; 2) a witness to the incident was present in 50 percent of intimate partner violence cases; half of those witnesses were children; and 3) the defendant was convicted in 56 percent of intimate partner violence cases. A third (33 percent) of cases were discontinued by the prosecution or dismissed by the court; less than 1 percent ended in acquittal by a judge or jury. Another 9 percent of defendants were in pretrial diversion or deferred adjudication status 1 year after their initial appearance in court. Tables
Main Term(s): Conviction rates
Index Term(s): Aggravated assault; Case dismissal; Dating Violence; Prosecutorial diversion; Urban
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