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NCJ Number: NCJ 240497     Find in a Library
Title: Mothers Affected by Domestic Violence: Intersections and Opportunities with the Justice System
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Author(s): Nicole Letourneau ; Lynne Duffy ; Linda Duffett-Leger
  Journal: Journal of Family Violence  Volume:27  Issue:6  Dated:August 2012  Pages:585 to 596
Date Published: 08/2012
Page Count: 12
  Annotation: This study presents secondary analysis from two qualitative studies used to explore the interactions of mothers exposed to intimate partner violence (IPV) with the justice system.
Abstract: Secondary analysis from two qualitative studies was used to explore the interactions of mothers exposed to intimate partner violence (IPV) with the justice system. Results were categorized according to three key themes: (a) negative interactions within the justice system, (b) positive interactions within the justice system, and (c) recommendations for an improved justice system response to domestic violence. Overall, findings suggested that mothers affected by domestic violence are confronted with negative attitudes and ineffectual practices within convoluted bureaucratic criminal justice systems, leaving many feeling revictimized. Despite the negative aspects of the legal system, women in both studies cited positive examples of feeling comforted, validated, and even empowered by the actions of the specific service providers. The findings of both studies underscore the need for greater efficiencies within the justice system and mandatory training for service providers, making it easier for women who have left their abusers to access appropriate support services, as well as the importance of affirmational support particularly when it can be provided by a peer with shared experiences. Future research is needed to guide the development of interventions that will limit the impacts of IPV exposure on child developmental outcomes. Abstract published by arrangement with Springer.
Main Term(s): Female victims
Index Term(s): Victim services ; Domestic assault ; Criminal justice system analysis ; Criminal Justice System Response to Victims ; Single parent families
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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