ERIC Number: EJ734963
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 18
Understanding and Informing Policy Implementation: A Case Study of the Domestic Violence Provisions of the Maryland Gun Violence Act
Frattaroli, Shannon; Teret, Stephen P.
Evaluation Review, v30 n3 p347-360 2006
The Maryland Gun Violence Act, enacted into law in 1996, explicitly authorized courts to order batterers to surrender their firearms through civil protective orders. It also vested law enforcement with the explicit authority to remove guns when responding to a domestic violence complaint. In order to assess how these laws were implemented, we designed a case study and collected data from in-depth, key informant interviews, court observations, and relevant documents. We present findings from this study and recommend how to increase the likelihood that policies designed to separate batterers and guns are implemented in a way that will result in greater protections for victims of domestic violence. (Contains 1 table and 1 note.)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Family Violence, Gun Control, State Legislation, Public Policy, Weapons, Law Enforcement, Sampling, Interviews, State Courts, Observation, Victims of Crime, Safety, Research Methodology, Data Collection, Program Implementation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Maryland