Evaluation of an Integrated Domestic Violence Court

Melissa M. Mackey, NYS Div. of Criminal Justice Services

This study examines the adjudication of domestic violence cases in a domestic violence court and an integrated domestic violence court operating in the same jurisdiction. Particular attention is given to the process used to resolve the cases in each court, the factors that influence case outcomes and a comparison of the outcomes (e.g., issuance of temporary and permanent orders of protection, pre-adjudication and post-adjudication sanctions of the defendants/offenders). The principle court actors (prosecutors, judges, court clerks and defense attorneys) will be interviewed regarding their perceptions of the integrated court process and whether in their opinion, the court is meeting its stated goals. Additional interviews will be conducted with victims and defendants to assess their level of satisfaction with the integrated domestic violence court.

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Updated 05/20/2006