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NCJ Number: 230251 Find in a Library
Title: Efficacy of a Police-Advocacy Intervention for Victims of Domestic Violence: 12 Month Follow-Up Data
Journal: Violence Against Women  Volume:16  Issue:4  Dated:April 2010  Pages:410-425
Author(s): Carla Smith Stover; Miriam Berkman; Rani Desai; Steven Marans
Date Published: April 2010
Page Count: 16
Document: PDF
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study evaluated the effectiveness of a police-advocacy outreach program for domestic violence victims, examining the impact of such programs on recidivism and victim engagement in services.
Abstract: The Domestic Violence Home Visit Intervention (DVHVI) provides advocate/police officer team home visits following a domestic dispute. Women (52 DVHVI and 55 controls) were interviewed at 1, 6, and 12 months following a police reported domestic incident to assess repeat violence, service utilization, and symptoms. Women who received the DVHVI were more satisfied with the police and likely to call them to report a nonphysical domestic dispute in the 12 months following the initial incident than women in the comparison group. DVHVI participants were significantly more likely to use court-based services and seek mental health treatment for their children. Tables and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Victim program evaluation
Index Term(s): Domestic assault; Female victims; Intervention; Police services for victims; Police-victim interaction; Program evaluation
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