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NCJ Number: NCJ 240456     Find in a Library
Title: Impact of Victim-Focused Outreach on Criminal Legal System Outcomes Following Police-Reported Intimate Partner Abuse
Journal: Violence Against Women  Volume:18  Issue:8  Dated:August 2012  Pages:861 to 881
Author(s): Anne P. DePrince ; Joanne Belknap ; Jennifer S. Labus ; Susan E. Buckingham ; Angela R. Gover
Date Published: 08/2012
Page Count: 21
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 2007-WG-BX-0002
Document: PDF 
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study used a randomized, longitudinal design to recruit 236 ethnically diverse women with police-reported IPA to compare treatment-as-usual with an innovative community-coordinated, victim-focused outreach program.
Abstract: Randomized control designs have been used in the public health and psychological literatures to examine the relationship between victim outreach following intimate partner abuse (IPA) and various outcomes. These studies have largely relied on samples drawn from health providers and shelters to examine outcomes outside the criminal legal system. Based on the positive findings from this body of research, we expected that a victim-focused, community-coordinated outreach intervention would improve criminal legal system outcomes. The current study used a randomized, longitudinal design to recruit 236 ethnically diverse women with police-reported IPA to compare treatment-as-usual with an innovative community-coordinated, victim-focused outreach program. Findings indicated that the outreach program was effective in increasing women’s engagement with prosecution tasks as well as likelihood of taking part in prosecution of their abusers. Results were particularly robust among women marginalized by ethnicity and class, and those still living with their abusers after the target incident. Abstract published by arrangement with Sage Journals.
Main Term(s): Domestic assault
Index Term(s): Community involvement ; Victim services ; Ethnic groups ; Victim attitudes ; Police services for victims ; Police-victim interaction ; Community Responses (crime prevention)
   
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