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NCJ Number: NCJ 214993     Find in a Library
Title: State Court Processing of Domestic Violence Cases
Series: BJS Special Reports
Author(s): Erica L. Smith ; Matthew R. Durose ; Patrick A. Langan Ph.D.
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 02/2008
Page Count: 8
Sale Source: Justice Statistics Clearinghouse/NCJRS
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: Text PDF 
Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
Type: Statistics
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examines the processing of domestic violence (DV) and nondomestic violence (non-DV) cases filed in May 2002 in 15 large urban counties.
Abstract: The study compares the domestic and nondomestic offenses of sexual and aggravated assault on 11 prosecution, conviction, and sentencing outcome measures. Data are also presented regarding court issued protection orders, guilty plea versus trial convictions, and the demographic characteristics of domestic violence defendants. Highlights include the following: A third of violent felony defendants were charged with domestic violence; prosecuted domestic sexual assault defendants had a higher overall conviction rate (98 percent) than prosecuted nondomestic sexual assault defendants (87 percent); and domestic aggravated assault defendants (54 percent) were less likely to be granted pretrial release than nondomestic aggravated assault defendants (62 percent). 11 tables
Main Term(s): Court statistics
Index Term(s): Plea negotiations ; Sentencing/Sanctions ; Trials ; Pretrial release ; Prosecution ; Convictions ; Domestic assault ; Case processing ; Domestic violence causes ; Restraining orders
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