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NCJ Number: NCJ 241305     Find in a Library
Title: Civil Protective Order Effectiveness: Justice or Just a Piece of Paper?
  Dataset URL: DATASET 1
Author(s): TK Logan, Ph.D. ; Robert Walker, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.
  Journal: Violence and Victims  Volume:25  Issue:3  Dated:2010  Pages:332 to 348
Date Published: 2010
Page Count: 17
  Annotation: This study examined victim perceptions’ of the effectiveness of civil protective orders.
Abstract: Many victims, victim advocates, and even law enforcement believe that protective orders are “just a piece of paper,” suggesting that they do not work or are not effective. This study examined protective order effectiveness by following 210 women for 6 months after obtaining a protective order. There are four main themes that were identified from the study results. First, protective orders were not violated for half of the women in the sample during the 6-month follow-up period. Second, even among those who experienced violations, there were significant reductions in abuse and violence. Third, overall, women were less fearful of future harm from the PO partner at the 6-month follow-up, and a vast majority felt the protective order was fairly or extremely effective. Fourth, stalking emerges as a significant risk factor for protective order violations, sustained fear, and lower perceived effectiveness of the protective order. Implications for practice and future research are discussed. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Restraining orders
Index Term(s): Victims of Crime ; Domestic assault ; Court orders ; Victims rights ; Restraining orders ; Domestic assault prevention ; Victims of violence ; Domestic assault arrest policies ; Stalkers ; NIJ grant-related documents ; Stalking
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 2005-WG-BX-0008
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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