Tuesday, September 15, 2009

DOJ Report - Practical Implications of DV Research for Criminal Justice System

JUNE 2009 - Department of Justice Report: Practical Implications of Domestic Violence Research for Law Enforcement, Prosecutors and Judges. The report may be downloaded here:

In addition to the link for downloading the report, there's an excellent discussion of risk factors for high lethality DV cases on the above-referenced blog. If you've ever wondered why murder-suicides happen, you'll find it interesting.

I'll admit I haven't digested the entire 106 page document yet. But it delves into the following topics and I look forward to taking some time to review the rest of it:
  • Reporting & Arrests
  • Perpetrator Characteristics
  • Victim Characteristics
  • Law Enforcement Responses
  • Prosecution Responses
  • Judicial Responses
  • Intervention Programs
It never ceases to amaze me how the internet helps advocates do their jobs. It's so much more convenient than going to the public library! Thank you Al Gore!

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