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Profile of Intimate Partner Violence Cases in Large Urban Counties

NCJ Number
Date Published
October 2009
12 pages
Erica L. Smith; Donald J. Farole, Jr. Ph.D.
Publication Series
This report examines the characteristics and processing of 3,750 cases of intimate partner violence, filed in the state courts of 16 large urban counties in May 2002.
Topics covered include the types of charges filed against defendants, incident-specific information such as victim injury, defendant weapon use, evidence obtained, adjudication outcomes, and sentences imposed on convicted defendants. The report also examines the impact of various case characteristics on the likelihood of conviction. See also State Court Processing of Domestic Violence Cases. Highlights include the following: 1) most cases of intimate partner violence involved a charge of assault, either aggravated (12 percent) or simple (78 percent); an additional 5 percent were charged with intimidation, including stalking; 2) a witness to the incident was present in 50 percent of intimate partner violence cases; half of those witnesses were children; and 3) the defendant was convicted in 56 percent of intimate partner violence cases. A third (33 percent) of cases were discontinued by the prosecution or dismissed by the court; less than 1 percent ended in acquittal by a judge or jury. Another 9 percent of defendants were in pretrial diversion or deferred adjudication status 1 year after their initial appearance in court. Tables

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