ERIC Number: EJ762680
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Reference Count: 42
Abused Women's Perspectives on the Criminal Justice System's Response to Domestic Violence
Barata, Paula C.
Psychology of Women Quarterly, v31 n2 p202-215 Jun 2007
This study used Q methodology to better understand battered women's views about the criminal justice system (CJS). Fifty-eight abused and formerly abused women, representing a broad range of experiences, were involved in the study. Participants sorted 72 statements about domestic violence and the CJS according to how strongly they agreed with each one in relation to the other statements. A small subset of women was interviewed to help illuminate the emerging perspectives. Five perspectives that are new in both their complexity and in their substance were identified: (1) The CJS can be trusted; (2) The CJS has potential, but is ultimately disappointing to victims; (3) Victims should have input into the CJS and be sure they want to use it; (4) The CJS cannot protect women and can make matters worse; and (5) The CJS should be used for her safety, for his rehabilitation, and for justice despite its problems.
Descriptors: Females, Criminals, Q Methodology, Justice, Family Violence, Crime, Attitude Measures, Interviews, Victims of Crime
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