Canadian Judges' Perceptions of Domestic Violence

Joanne Belknap, University of Colorado at Boulder
Tara Opsal, University of Colorado at Boulder

To date, most of the research on the formal processing of domestic violence has centered on the police. This study of Canadian judges was funded by the Canadian Embassy and consisted of a 15-page survey with both open- and closed-ended items and a 12-item interview schedule. Twenty-eight judges completed the intensive interview, and of these, twenty-three completed the written survey. The goal of the study was to determine these judges' attitudes about domestic violence victims and offenders and their beliefs about how domestic violence cases should be processed. The findings indicate a significant variation among the judges.

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Updated 05/20/2006