Negotiating Domestic Violence: Police, Criminal Justice, and Victims

Paperback | June 1, 2000

byCarolyn Hoyle

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This book examines the factors which shape the criminal justice response to domestic violence in the light of policy changes at the beginning of the 1990s which aimed to increase arrest rates. In particular, the book discusses the needs and expectations of victims and examines how theirchoices impact on decisions made by police and prosecutors. Many books on the criminal justice response to domestic violence start from the premise that withdrawal of complaints by victims and the subsequent discontinuance of cases, represents some kind of failure on the part of the agenciesinvolved and that victims would benefit from greater determination by police to prosecute offenders wherever possible. Implicit in this approach is the assumption that the criminal justice system as it presently operates is capable of responding effectively to the needs of victims of domesticviolence. This book throws doubt on the validity of these assumptions.

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This book examines the factors which shape the criminal justice response to domestic violence in the light of policy changes at the beginning of the 1990s which aimed to increase arrest rates. In particular, the book discusses the needs and expectations of victims and examines how theirchoices impact on decisions made by police and pro...

Carolyn Hoyle is a lecturer in criminology at the University of Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:June 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198299303

ISBN - 13:9780198299301

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Table of Contents

1. Legal Rules, Policies and Police Practices2. Conceptual and Methodological Issues3. The Control Room: the first stage in the decision-making process4. The Cultural and Structural Determinants of Police Decision-Making5. The Situational Determinants of Police Decision-Making6. Understanding Prosecution Decisions7. In the Victim's Interest?8. Interrogating the Role of the VictimBibliographyIndex