Evidence-Based Prosecution of Intimate Partner Violence in the Post-Crawford Era: A Single-City Study of the Factors Leading to Prosecution

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Abstract

The Crawford v. Washington decision has prompted changes in the way that intimate partner violence (IPV) is prosecuted. This research uses logistic regression to examine the victim, offender, and offense characteristics associated with the decision to prosecute a sample (N = 904) of domestic violence arrestees under an evidence-based prosecution strategy post-Crawford. Documentation of injury and police taking the perpetrator into custody at the scene of the crime have the greatest effect on the decision to prosecute, although the victim's willingness to assist with prosecution is also a significant factor. Future researchers should seek to replicate these findings, better understand current prosecution strategies, and determine the criminal justice and social service interventions best equipped to combat IPV in the post-Crawford era.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)238-260
Number of pages23
JournalCrime and Delinquency
Volume60
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2014

Keywords

  • domestic violence
  • evidence-based prosecution
  • intimate partner violence
  • post-Crawford
  • prosecution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law

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