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Examines the processing of domestic violence (DV) and non-domestic violence (non-DV) cases filed in May 2002 in 15 large urban counties. The study compares the domestic and non-domestic 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%) than prosecuted non-domestic sexual assault defendants (87%).
  • Domestic aggravated assault defendants (54%) were less likely to be granted pretrial release than non-domestic aggravated assault defendants (62%).

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State Court Processing of Domestic Violence Cases "Domestic violence defendants more likely to be convicted than non-domestic violence defendants"
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Family Violence Statistics: Including Statistics on Strangers and Acquaintances Compares family and nonfamily violence statistics from victimization through the different stages of the justice system.

Terms & Definitions

Domestic violence Refers to violence between spouses, or spousal abuse but can also include cohabitants and non-married intimate partners.
NCIC Protection Order File The NCIC Protection Order File contains court orders that are issued to help law enforcement prevent acts of domestic violence against a person or to prevent a person from stalking, intimidating, or harassing another person. Orders are issued by both civil and criminal state courts.
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