Through the lens of therapeutic jurisprudence: the relationship between empowerment in the court system and well-being for intimate partner violence victims

 

Author(s) Cattaneo, Lauren Bennett, and Lisa A. Goodman
Title Through the lens of therapeutic jurisprudence: the relationship between empowerment in the court system and well-being for intimate partner violence victims
Source Journal of Interpersonal Violence,2010, Vol. 25, No. 3, pp. 481-502
Date 2010
Document type Journal article
Coverage United States
Summary Therapeutic jurisprudence is the study of how the legal process can have a direct effect on the emotions, behaviour and mental health of those who are involved. The research article focuses on this concept with specific interest in the experience between victims of interpersonal violence (IPV) throughout the court process and longer term outcomes of well-being. The study recruited 142 female participants and investigated the link between empowerment throughout the court process and the level of depression, quality of fear and intention of using the system again. A three month and six month follow up supported therapeutic jurisprudence and noted that in relation to victims of IPV, empowerment throughout the process is important for not only satisfaction level and but on long term well-being as well. The study concluded with further implication for research and practice.
Keywords Intimate partner violence; justice system; court system; victim empowerment; victim voice; therapeutic jurisprudence; procedural justice
Topic Domestic violence