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NCJ Number: 238480 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Effectiveness of Coordinated Outreach in Intimate Partner Violence Cases: A Randomized, Longitudinal Design
Author(s): Anne P. DePrince Ph.D.; Joanne Belknap Ph.D.; Angela Gover Ph.D.; Susan Buckingham; Jennifer Labus Ph.D.; Melody Combs Ph.D.; Claire Hebenstreit; Ryan Matlow M.A.; Courtney Mitchell M.A.; Annarheen Pineda M.A.
Date Published: March 2011
Page Count: 142
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
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Grant Number: 2007-WG-BX-0002
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
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United States of America

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Document: PDF
Dataset: DATASET 1
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This project used a randomized control design in evaluating an innovative outreach program for racially and ethnically diverse victims of intimate partner violence (IPV) whose cases involved contact with the criminal justice system.
Abstract: The study found that victim-focused outreach decreased women’s reluctance to work with prosecutors and increased their likelihood of participating in the prosecution of their abusers. In addition, findings indicated that outreach was particularly important for IPV survivors marginalized by race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and those survivors still living with their abusers. Further, compared to IPV survivors who did not receive outreach services, women who received outreach reported decreased severity of the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and fear 1 year after the abuse. Although there were no effects of outreach on revictimization or social support levels, women randomly assigned to outreach services reported greater readiness to leave the abuser compared to women who did not receive outreach services. The outreach program was coordinated by an interdisciplinary victim service team, which identified a specific community-based agency to initiate phone outreach to each victim based on the victim’s unique needs. This offered the women a confidential means of learning about and accessing support and service from an agency that could provide relevant services without requiring the women to initiate a search for appropriate agencies. For the referral condition, a criminal justice system-based advocate from the prosecuting attorney’s office or police department contacted women IPV survivors to make referrals to community-based agency with which women could make contact if they chose to do so. The evaluation used an independent research team to assess multiple outcome measures as soon as possible after the abuse and then 6 and 12 months later. Participants were a diverse group of 236 women with a police-reported IPV call. 28 figures, 46 tables, and 83 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Domestic assault; Domestic assault prevention; Female victims; NIJ final report; Services effectiveness; Victim reactions to the Criminal Justice System; Victim services
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