Pre-trial innovations for domestic violence offenders and victims lessons from the judicial oversight demonstration initiative

Author(s) Visher, Christy, Harrell, Adele, and Newmark, Lisa
Title Pre-trial innovations for domestic violence offenders and victims lessons from the judicial oversight demonstration initiative
Source U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs; NIJ Research for Practice; August 2007; pp. 1-12
Date 2007
Document type Research report
Coverage USA
URLhttps://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/216041.pdf
Summary This report discusses pre-trial innovations that were implemented in three pilot sites in Dorchester MA, Milwaukee, WI and Washtenaw County, MI by the Judicial Oversight Demonstration project. The initiatives addressed both victim safety and offender accountability by increasing the involvement of judges in managing domestic violence cases before trial, restructuring court procedures and expanding victim services. To ensure consistent court procedures judges were instrumental at starting the innovative court responses and educating other judges in a coordinated system-wide response. Four major lessons that have emerged from the project are the importance of judicial involvement to enhance consistency; restructuring court processes in domestic violence cases leading to better coordination between agencies; development of procedures monitoring and educating defendants; and connecting victims to support services early in the process.
Keywords Domestic violence; victim safety; offenders; implementation; pre-trial.
Topic Domestic violence