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NCJ Number: NCJ 199660     Find in a Library
Title: Violence Against Women: Synthesis of Research for Prosecutors
  Document URL: PDF 
Author(s): David A. Ford ; Susan Breall
Date Published: 12/2000
Page Count: 34
  Series: NIJ Research Report
  Annotation: This federally funded report reviews empirical research on prosecution policies and practices in the protection of women from violence through an examination of three categories of violence against women: domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, and violations of protection orders and stalking.
Abstract: Prosecuting violence against women poses unique challenges for an adversarial system that is geared to winning, thereby being less attuned to protecting victims. Because of this the questions remain does the prosecution actually prevent violence against women and can the prosecution assist a man’s disposition so that he will not abuse women. This report funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice, attempts to answer these questions by conducting a synthesis of the literature most relevant to formulating protective policies for responding to violence against women. The report begins with a detail of research findings on preventive effects of prosecution policies. Prosecution policies need to be evaluated carefully to determine whether they help prevent violence and ensure they do not result in greater harm. The report continues with a discussion on issues of policy and practice in the prosecution of rape and sexual assault victims. Unlike policies for the prosecution of domestic violence, questions about the effects of the prosecution rape center more on how to make reforms than on what reforms are best for victims. The report concludes with a review of literature on protection orders and stalking. Anti-stalking and protection orders are intended to protect specific victims from specific predators. Prosecuting violation of orders of protection has the potential for preventing serious violence. Additional research is necessary on whether prosecution can protect victims from further violence, on whether prosecution prevents violence by men in the general population, and on whether prosecution policies can help victims recover from the harm inflicted by their attackers.
Main Term(s): Female victims
Index Term(s): Prosecutors ; Social workers ; Prosecution ; Victim services ; Victim-offender relationships ; Sexual assault victims ; Social service agencies ; Services effectiveness ; Domestic assault ; Research uses in policymaking ; Criminal justice research ; Prosecutor-victim interaction ; NIJ grant-related documents
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 98-WT-VX-K011
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
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Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: For additional information related to this grant, NCJ- 198372, NCJ-199577-579, NCJ-199760-761, NCJ-199911-912, and NCJ-201222.
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