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NCJ Number: 202944 Find in a Library
Title: Cook County Target Abuser Call (TAC): An Evaluation of a Specialized Domestic Violence Court, Revised Executive Summary
Author(s): Carolyn C. Hartley Ph.D.; Lisa Frohmann Ph.D.
Corporate Author: University of Iowa
School of Social Work
United States of America
Date Published: August 2003
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242
Grant Number: 2000-WT-VX-0003
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report summarizes the methodology and findings of the evaluation of the Cook County Target Abuser Call (TAC), a specialized prosecution program that combines a dedicated domestic violence court, specially trained prosecutors, vertical prosecution, specialized investigators, independent domestic violence advocates, victim/witness specialists, and civil attorney services.
Abstract: The primary objective of the TAC program is to increase women's engagement in the prosecution process. The cases selected for the program meet the following criteria: prior history of domestic violence based on convictions, dismissals, arrests, and unreported history; injury to the woman; the use of weapons with threats; and domestic battery accompanied by threats, such as threats to kill, to inflict bodily harm, and/or to harm the woman's family. The study compared randomly selected TAC prosecuted cases (n=103) with randomly selected cases from the general court (n=219). The evaluation examined traditional prosecution outcomes (e.g., conviction and arrest/rearrest rates), as well as differences in offender and victim characteristics, prior abuse characteristics, women's experiences prior to and while at court, women's sense of empowerment with the criminal justice system, women's satisfaction with the court outcome, and advocacy and service delivery outcomes. The study found that the victim appearance rate for the TAC program was 73 percent, compared to an appearance rate of 40 percent for the general court. The offenders processed under the TAC program were more likely to have a prior history of domestic violence charges and other violent crimes than the defendants in the general court. The women victims in the general court cases were more likely to want charges dropped. The women in the TAC program had substantially more contact with court personnel and were more likely to be fairly satisfied with these contacts. Seventy-one percent of TAC defendants were convicted compared to 50 percent of defendants in general court. The defendants processed in the two types of courts did not differ on the percentage rearrested for a domestic violence offense within 6 months of the target arrest (approximately one-third).
Main Term(s): Alternative court procedures
Index Term(s): Case processing; Comparative analysis; Court of limited jurisdiction; Criminal justice system effectiveness; Domestic assault; Illinois; NIJ grant-related documents; Prosecution; Prosecution model; Prosecutor training; Prosecutor-victim interaction; Prosecutorial screening; Prosecutors
Note: For the full report, see NCJ-202945.
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