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NCJ Number: 181839 Find in a Library
Title: Battered Women and the Criminal Justice System: The Service Providers' Perspective
Journal: European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research  Volume:6  Issue:1  Dated:1998  Pages:37-57
Author(s): Edna Erez; Joanne Belknap
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 21
Sponsoring Agency: Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services
Columbus, OH 43218-2081
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Netherlands
Annotation: This article reports on a study of the service providers’ perspectives on what battered women face when entering the criminal justice system.
Abstract: Victim non-cooperation with the system can manifest itself in various ways and at several points in the process. The article reviews the literature on the criminal justice system’s responses to women-battering. It also describes the experiences and perceptions of service providers in Ohio concerning these responses and analyzes the findings according to factors that may affect service providers’ responses. Service providers’ responses portray a criminal justice system that exhibits biases against battered women as victims, is guided by stereotypical images of women, marriage, and the family and, consequently, treats abused women in a manner that is not conducive to cooperation with the system or following through with the case. Criminal justice officials often underestimate the gravity of battering and its impact on victims, tend to place responsibility on battered women for their victimization, and often discourage them from following through with their cases. Notes, references
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Abused women; Battered wives; Criminal justice system reform; Domestic assault; Female victims; Legal remedies for battered women; Ohio; Victim services; Victimization
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