Responding to Domestic Violence : The Integration of Criminal Justice and Human Services

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-01-20
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc

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This new edition of the authors' best-selling text explores the response to domestic violence today, not only by the criminal justice system, but also by social service and health care agencies. After providing a brief theoretical overview of the causes of domestic violence and its prevalence in our society, the authors cover such key topics as barriers to intervention, variations in arrest practices, the role of state and federal legislation, and case prosecution. Focusing on both victims and offenders, the book includes unique chapters on models for judicial intervention, domestic violence and health, and children and domestic violence.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Role and Context of Agency Responses to Domestic Violence
Scope of the Problem: Defining and Measuring Domestic Violence
Matters of History, Faith and Society
Theoretical Explanations for Domestic Violence
Selective Screening: Barriers to Intervention
The Impetus for Change
The Evolution of Arrest Preferences: Criminalizing the Social Response
Variations in Arrest Practices
The Role of State and Federal Legislation
Case Prosecution: The Journey from Road Block to Change Agents
Civil Courts and the Role of Restraining Orders
Models for Judicial Intervention
Community Based and Court Sponsored Diversion
Domestic Violence and Health
Children and Domestic Violence
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