Domestic Violence in Criminal Court

  title={Domestic Violence in Criminal Court},
  author={Daisy Quarm and M. D. Schwartz},
  journal={Women & Politics},
  • Daisy Quarm, M. D. Schwartz
  • Published 2008
  • Sociology
  • Women & Politics
  • Many states have recently passed new legislation to deal with spouse abuse, including several which have created a new criminal offense: domestic violence. This study examines all 1980 charges under Ohio's new domestic violence law in a large misdemeanor court and concludes that the creation of a new offense category does not cause major changes in measurable court outcomes. For example, 73% of victims who filed charges dropped them before a verdict was reached. This figure is extremely high… CONTINUE READING
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