Domestic Violence Abusers: A Descriptive Study of the Characteristics of Defendants in Protection From Abuse Orders in Sedgwick County Kansas

Gregg W. Etter, Sedgwick County Sheriff's Department
Michael L. Birzer, Washburn University

Protection from abuse orders have been presented in the contemporary literature as one of many tools in protecting battered women. While protection from abuse orders provides legal protection from abuse, abusers violate many of these court orders. The current study describes the characteristics of 1,873 alleged domestic violence abusers in Sedgwick County Kansas. Data was collected from protection from abuse filings over a 12-month time frame. The data was used to examine the demographics of offenders as well as to assess the relationship between prior arrests of offenders and the prevalence of domestic violence.

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