How Courtroom Interactions Affect the Issuance and Denial of Civil or Criminal Orders of Protection?

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

Prior studies of courtroom observations ov victims, abusers, and the judges in orders of protection cases showed that victims who encountered good-natured judges were more willing to cooperate with prosecutors and were more likely to report their abuses to authorities. The current study will observe 15 civil and 15 criminal orders of protection cases in order to determine how those courtroom interactions determine the issuance of orders and the nature of judicial remedies provided.

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Updated 05/20/2006