Mothers affected by domestic violence: intersections and opportunities with the justice system

Author(s) Letourneau, Nicole, Lynn Duffy and Linda Duffett-Leger
Title Mothers affected by domestic violence: Intersections and opportunities with the justice system
Source Journal of Family Violence, August 2012; Vol.27; Issue 6; pp 585-596
Date 2012
Document type Journal article
Summary In this study the authors conduct a secondary analysis of two related studies that explored women's experiences leaving a domestic violence situation and their experiences with the criminal justice system. It was found that negative interactions with the criminal justice system were common for the women in the studies and a major issue was identifying and accessing support, often compounded by ineffectual bureaucratic practices. Many women described the process of navigating the criminal justice system as revictimisation. The limited positive experiences with the criminal justice system are also explored, particularly the experiences of those women who were supported by service providers who were supportive and enabled the women to be empowered. The findings from the research suggest that workers within the criminal justice system frequently lack the skills needed to deal with the diverse needs of domestic violence survivors.
Keywords Domestic violence; criminal justice system; support; intimate partner violence.