Examining the Effectiveness of a Domestic Violence Court

Cassandra Archer, Institute for Law and Justice

The Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies Program encourages jurisdictions to implement mandatory or pro-arrest policies as an effective domestic violence intervention that is part of a coordinated community response. With grant funding, one urban county implemented a domestic violence court to better respond to domestic violence offenses. The evaluation of the domestic violence court required a variety of methods including pre and post statistics, case tracking, focus groups and victim interviews. This paper discusses the impact of creating a specialized domestic violence court as it relates to changes in police response, prosecution, victim service provision and victim satisfaction.

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Updated 05/20/2006