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Criminal Protection Orders As A Critical Strategy To Reduce Domestic Violence

The Impact of Orders on Victims’ Well-Being, Offenders’ Behavior, and Children’s Contact with Offending Fathers

(This ongoing study is funded by National Institute of Justice 2012-IJ-CX-0045 to Dr. Sullivan)

The overarching purpose of this ongoing study is to understand the influence of criminal orders of protection (issued by the criminal justice system in a criminal domestic violence case) on women who experience intimate partner violence (IPV). In particular, this study aims to:

  1. elucidate the process of criminal orders as a critical strategy to reduce IPV,
  2. increase knowledge about how criminal orders influence the daily lives of women, are associated with offender behavior, and impact children’s contact with offending fathers, and
  3. disseminate findings broadly to key audiences.