ERIC Number: ED318975
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Magistrates' Survey. 1988 Follow-Up: Analysis of Results. Report to the Governor's Task Force on Domestic Violence.
McKay, Sylvester; Relos, Ruth
In 1988, over one-third of all North Carolina magistrates, from 87 of 100 counties, responded to a survey from the Governor's Task Force on Domestic Violence. Ninety-nine percent of respondents indicated that they had handled at least one case in which a woman had complained about physical violence or threats from her husband or boyfriend. The magistrates reported very few cases of men making complaints about physical violence or threats from their wives or women friends. More that three-fourths of the magistrates had referred a battered woman to a local domestic violence program. Approximately one-half of the magistrates had decided not to issue a domestic violence warrant because of insufficient evidence of injury, and 38.7% had decided not to issue a domestic violence warrant because the woman had previously dropped a warrant. More than 90% of the magistrates had used domestic criminal trespass and communication of threats laws as criminal remedies for domestic violence. About two-thirds had used the domestic violence bail provision and held a husband or boyfriend for a reasonable period of time before setting bail. Although there was an expressed interest in training, only 40% of the magistrates had received training or attended a workshop regarding domestic violence. Survey responses indicated an overall awareness of the problem on the part of the magistrates, a real concern for meeting the needs of victims, and frustration with repeat complainants who later drop charges. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Dept. of Human Resources, Raleigh. Div. of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina