Domestic Violence Court in Minneapolis: A Quasi-Experiment

Deborah A. Eckberg, Hennepin County District Court
Marcy Rasmussen Podkopacz, Hennepin County District Court, MN

ABSTRACT
Hennepin County District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota began accepting cases into a newly formed downtown Domestic Violence Court in 2000. This paper will present the results of a quasi-experiment comparing processing and dispositional outcomes for three groups. One group contains cases moving through the Domestic Violence Court, the second group has similar cases and a similar timeframe but for different divisions of the county, and the third group consists of all domestic violence cases from the year before implementation.

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