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NCJ Number: NCJ 181428     Find in a Library
Title: Response to Domestic Violence in a Pro-Active Court Setting: Executive Summary
  Document URL: PDF 
  Dataset URL: DATASET 1
Author(s): Eve Buzawa Ph.D. ; Gerald T. Hotaling Ph.D. ; Andrew Klein Ph.D. ; James Byrne Ph.D.
Date Published: 07/1999
Page Count: 29
  Annotation: This is an executive summary of a report on the Quincy, Massachusetts, District Court (QDC) domestic violence program.
Abstract: The QDC program attempted to describe the workings of the primary components of this model jurisdiction in its response to domestic violence to determine whether the types of incidents, victims and offenders seen in a full enforcement jurisdiction looked similar to those reported in studies from other jurisdictions. The program included interviews with victims to hear directly about their experiences with a model court and to determine their reactions to their treatment by the criminal justice system. The program also examined how well this model jurisdiction worked in preventing revictimization. The program focused only on male-to-female violence on the assumption that there are unique aspects to those relationships that distinguish them from other types of domestic assault. The report concludes that, for low-risk offenders, first-time batterers, and those whose offenses are marked by multi-year latency periods, the victim’s preference for arrest and prosecution should be honored. For high-risk offenders, even a “model” court did not break their pattern of intimidation and control, and the interventions used to date were insufficient.
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Victimization ; Domestic relations ; Family offenses ; Intervention ; Domestic assault ; Courts ; State criminal justice systems ; Domestic assault prevention ; Violent men ; Massachusetts
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 95-IJ-CX-0027
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Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: For the final report, see NCJ-181427.
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