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Criminal Justice System Response to Intimate Partner Violence Victims: Developing a Research Agenda Meeting, March 7-8, 2016

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Date Published
March 2016
38 pages
This report presents the proceedings of a March 2016 meeting of practitioners and researchers in the fields of criminal justice and victim services held to discuss the National Institute of Justice's (NIJ's) development of a research agenda that will focus on the criminal justice system's response to victims of intimate partner violence.
In opening remarks, the NIJ Director of the Office of Research and Evaluation advises that NIJ has had domestic violence as an area of study for about 40 years; however, NIJ now needs to assess and plan short-term and long-term priorities and update the research agenda. It is expected that this meeting will add to the body of knowledge on intimate partner violence (IPV) that NIJ has spearheaded. The presentations and discussions at the meeting are intended to focus on relevant research and practice issues that will generate research priorities related to law enforcement, prosecution, and criminal court responses to IPV victims. The meeting's format consists of a mini-presentation in each of these three areas, followed by a practitioner's commentary, followed by six questions that solicit participants' views on gaps in the empirical literature on responses to victims of IPV; the re-victimization of IPV victims; whether there are specific populations, circumstances, or subtopics that need further research; the identification of subject areas that may intersect with IPV, such as race and ethnicity, co-occurring victimization, immigration, and socioeconomic status; promising and ill-advised research methods; and any additional issues that should be noted. Participants' responses to these posed questions under each topic are reported. The major topics indicated by participants to need research are listed. 6 tables

Date Published: March 1, 2016