U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government, Department of Justice.

Using GPS in Domestic Violence Cases: Lessons From a Study of Pretrial Programs

NCJ Number
Journal of Offender Monitoring Volume: 25 Issue: 1 Dated: 2013 Pages: 5-10
Date Published
February 2013
6 pages

In November 2012 at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Drs. Edna Erez, Peter Ibarra, and Oren Gur presented the results of a national survey they had conducted under an N1J Grant, on the use of GPS in enforcing orders of protection in domestic violence cases.


Their study, which included interviews with victims and defendants, law enforcement and court officers, and social service providers, is the broadest attempt yet to understand how pretrial services are employing the unique capabilities of GPS tracking to create enforceable exclusion and inclusion zones. In this article, the authors update and summarize the main findings of their study--how programs vary in goals and emphasis, how defendants view the experience of EM, how victims feel about the level of security this new technology provides, and how professionals in the field are expanding their use of GPS as they learn from experience what it can and cannot do. (Publisher abstract modified)

Date Published: February 1, 2013