The impact of victim-focused outreach on criminal legal system outcomes following police-reported intimate partner abuse

 

Author(s) DePrince, Anne P., Joanne Belknap, Jennifer S. Labus, Susan E. Buckingham and Angela R. Gover
Title The impact of victim-focused outreach on criminal legal system outcomes following police-reported intimate partner abuse
Source Violence Against Women, Aug 2012, Vol. 18, No 8, pp 861-880
Date 2012
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary This study examined the impact on criminal legal system outcomes of a victim-focused coordinated community response to domestic violence. Participants were recruited from victims of intimate partner abuse referred to the Triage Team in Denver. Victims were assigned either outreach or referral but the study was expanded to include those victims who declined assistance or were not reached. The study included both random design and longitudinal data. The study examined several criminal court outcomes, such as women's engagement with prosecution tasks, attending court and case disposition. The results suggested that early contact with advocates is associated with a higher likelihood of receiving invitations to be involved in later criminal legal system proceedings. It was also found that women in the outreach group were more likely to go to court than women in the referral group. A key finding was that for the subgroup of women continuing to live with the offender one month after the incident, outreach was particularly helpful.
Keywords Domestic violence; outreach; referral; coordinated community response; intimate partner violence
Topic

Domestic violence