Effectiveness of Civil and Criminal Orders of Protection as Remedies of Domestic Violence Victims in a Midwestern County

Sesha Kethineni, Illinois State University
Beverly A. Smith, Illinois State University

In the last decade, researchers have assessed whether shelters, victim advocacy program, mandatory arrests of abusers, and criminal orders of protection prvent abuse/reabuse. However, they have relatively neglected civil orders of protection. This study will identify the actual processes by which domestic violence victims receive orders of protection, evaluate the effectiveness of order enforcement, and determine whether civil and criminal orders of protection are equally effective in preventing reabuse.

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Updated 05/20/2006