skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 166399 Find in a Library
Title: Domestic Violence: A Hidden Epidemic
Editor(s): A J Lurigio; G J Bensinger
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 103
Sponsoring Agency: Loyola University of Chicago
Chicago, IL 60611
Publication Number: ISBN 0942854-20-9
Sale Source: Loyola University of Chicago
Dept of Criminal Justice & Criminology
820 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
United States of America
Type: Conference Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Presentations from the 1994 Chicago symposium on domestic violence focus on what Cook County's (Illinois) criminal justice and social service systems are doing to counter this epidemic of violence.
Abstract: Based on her own experience as an abused wife and her subsequent involvement in efforts to address domestic violence, the keynote speaker notes the formidable obstacles that domestic violence victims face when they and their children attempt to leave abusive relationships. She emphasizes the importance of providing safe havens for them during this process. Another paper addresses the needs and expectations of battered women, especially in terms of their involvement with and perception of the criminal justice system. The criminal justice system in Cook County (Illinois) is cited for its groundbreaking work in this area over the last 15 years. A third paper describes the Chicago Police Department's efforts to respond to domestic-violence calls more humanely and holistically, followed by a presentation of the coordinated efforts of the Cook County prosecutor's office to prosecute perpetrators of domestic violence. The Supervisor of the Cook County Social Services Department focuses on post- sentencing options for domestic violence offenders and describes her department's Domestic Violence Program, which monitors and treats offenders under court supervision or conditional discharge. Remaining papers address profiles of spousal abusers and victims, the importance of shelter services for domestic- violence victims, the role of the State Attorney General's Office in combatting domestic violence in Illinois, and the importance of research in creating more informed and effective interventions in domestic violence situations. 7 references
Main Term(s): Victims of violent crime
Index Term(s): Domestic assault; Illinois; Offender profiles; Police domestic violence training; Probation or parole services; Prosecution; Shelters for Battered Women; Victim profiles
Note: Based on the proceedings of the symposium, "Domestic Violence: A Hidden Epidemic," Chicago, November 1994.
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.