Epidemiology: Risk Factor Research

Justice System Response and Recurrence of Partner Violence

Key Investigators: Victoria Holt, Ph.D, and Mary Kernic, Ph.D.
University of Washington Department of Epidemiology
Funding Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a common occurrence in the US, with an estimated 1.5 million women experiencing a total of nearly 5 million physical or sexual assaults by their intimate partners annually. Following police-reported IPV incidents, a variety of case-disposition options are employed, yet there is no consensus about the deterrent effect of specific criminal justice system actions as currently applied. In addition, impact on likelihood of future victim injury has not been reported. This study is designed to evaluate the effect of IPV case disposition on risk of subsequent IPV and IPV-related injury.