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Reinventing Justice: Case Studies in New Thinking

Can local justice systems prevent people who shouldn’t be detained from ending up behind bars? Sometimes all it takes is smarter communications, according to a study of an electronic alert system devised by Durham County authorities in North Carolina—one of six case studies released by the Urban Institute on promising reforms underway around the U.S.


When Men Are the Victims of Domestic Violence

Our society still clings to stereotypes of men as being macho, strong and able to take care of themselves. So it’s no surprise if many victimized men feel they would get no sympathy, support or help if they admitted that their wives or girlfriends physically abused them.

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Keeping Victims Safe: Police Accountability and Domestic Violence

Since Colorado domestic violence victim Jessica Lenahan won her human rights case in 2011, police in many states still have a long way to go in enforcing federal laws requiring them to respond proactively to victims’ needs, speakers at a screening of the 2017 documentary Home Truth about the Lenahan case said this month.

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How to Do Field Research with Victims

Randomized control trials may be the gold standard for research, but field studies that include victims and police officers are delicate and “there are practical and ethical considerations that may exclude their use,” researchers write in this month’s edition of the the National Institute of Justice Journal. The authors, Jill Theresa Messing, Jacquelyn Campbell and Janet Sullivan Wilson, discuss their study published in March 2014 of the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP), an intervention that occurs at the scene of a […]

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Study: Violent Crime Stays With Victims

More than two-thirds of serious crime victims experience socio-emotional problems after victimization, according to a new study by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics. Researchers for the study analyzed responses between 2009 and 2012 to the National Crime Victimization Survey. Socio-emotional problems are defined as, “moderate to severe emotional distress, increased relationship problems, or disruptions at school or work resulting from the victimization.” About 68 percent of victims rape, sexual assault, robbery and aggravated assault experienced socio-emotional problems, according to […]