It’s easy to see why the victims of domestic violence may see getting protective orders as a waste of time. But although there are limits to the protections such orders offer, they’re still valuable tools that can help keep victims safe, writes TCR’s legal affairs columnist.
In an era of falling crime rates, spousal abuse often disappears from the radar screen of public attention. But journalists can play a critical role in providing context—and help prevent future tragedies, speakers at a John Jay College panel said Tuesday.
A recent study by the New York City Mayor’s Office argues that “inadequate” or sensationalist coverage of Intimate Partner Violence—and in particular of homicides linked to domestic violence cases─prevents serious public debate on the issue.
A survey of 273 officers in 27 states found they take victims of gay and lesbian Intimate Partner Violence less seriously—and regard their abusers as less “dangerous”—than female victims of male heterosexuals.
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 […]
They say a picture paints a thousand words. But in this technological age, a mere photo just isn’t good enough. Apparently, people now need a video before they believe something happened, or that an event was as serious as described.
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 […]
The nation’s violent crime rate declined slightly last year after two years of increases, the U.S. Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics said today in its annual victimization survey. That may signal a return to the nearly two-decade-long downward trend in violent crime before 2011. The victimization report is based on an annual scientific survey of Americans on whether they had been victimized in the previous year. The interviews included about 90,630 households and 160,040 persons last year. It differs […]
Nearly 1 in 5 American women experience rape during their lifetime, according to an annual report from the Centers for Disease Control released Sept. 5. The report covers sexual violence, stalking and intimate partner violence using data from the 2011 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey. “An estimated 19.3 percent of women and 1.7 percent of men have been raped during their lifetimes; an estimated 1.6 percent of women reported that they were raped in the 12 months preceding […]
For some three decades in the United States, it’s been standard practice in many areas for police officers to make arrests in most cases of alleged intimate partner violence, whether or not victims ask for them. The basic theory is that in a typical case, an abusive man intimidates a woman into not pressing charges, and the abuse goes on if there is no legal action. Mandatory arrest policies were fueled partly by pioneering research done in Minneapolis by criminologist […]