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NCJ Number: 236797 Find in a Library
Title: Guidelines for Prosecution of Domestic Violence Cases
Corporate Author: Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence
United States of America
Date Published: 2004
Page Count: 36
Sponsoring Agency: Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Montgomery, AL 36101
Alabama Dept of Economic and Community Affairs
Montgomery, AL 36103
US Dept of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 01-WF-WD-001;2002-WE-AR-001
Sale Source: Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence
PO Box 4762
Montgomery, AL 36101
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program Description (Model)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: These guidelines are aimed at reducing domestic violence.
Abstract: The guidelines presented in this document are suggested to assist State, county, and municipal prosecutors in promoting victim safety and enhancing the prosecution rate of domestic violence cases. Prosecutors should be mindful that a domestic violence perpetrator seeks to control the victim without regard to the victim's well being and often without regard as to whether children are spectators. This abusive condition necessitates that prosecutors carefully listen to the safety concerns of victims. A pro-prosecution policy makes it clear to the perpetrator that the prosecutor, and not the victim, is responsible for decisions regarding criminal prosecution. By relying primarily on the evidence collected by law enforcement rather than solely on the victim's testimony, the prosecutor may be able to reduce the risk of retaliation by the perpetrator against the victim and increase the likelihood of a successful prosecution. Three sections provide information on general prosecution guidance, victim/witness issues recommendations, and trial recommendations. Also included is an Evidence Based Collection Checklist, a list of factors of review required when determining predominate/primary aggressor; a sample Domestic Violence Prosecution Protocol; a Sample Prosecution Protocol Overview; two bench cards from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF): Protection Orders and Federal Firearms Prohibition and Misdemeanor Crimes of Domestic Violence and Federal Firearms Prohibition; and a sample domestic violence supplemental report form.
Main Term(s): Female victims; Victims of violent crime
Index Term(s): Abused women; Alabama; Domestic assault; Family courts; Legal remedies for battered women; Prosecution model; Violence Against Women Act; Women's rights
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