This study was a process evaluation of a criminal
justice program responding to intimate partner violence. The program
consisted of an effort by the probation office, the district
attorney's office, and local advocates for battered women to
coordinate prosecution of offenders and then to effectively supervise
them under probation. The Domestic Abuse Reduction Team (DART), as the
program was called, was formed in 1996 and consisted of a domestic
violence case coordinator in the district attorney's office, a
probation officer dedicated to a domestic violence caseload, a legal
advocate from the STOP Domestic Violence program, and a domestic
violence task force coordinator housed in probation. This study
documented the achievements of and difficulties encountered by the
interagency team in a largely rural county in upstate New York. Such
programs are relatively new in the United States, and very new to
rural areas. The focus of this process evaluation was how the program
functioned and the issues it addressed, rather than outcome measures
such as recidivism after intervention.
Data were collected from domestic incident reports
(DIRs) and the district attorney's mainframe database. The DIRs were
mandatory reports filed by police for each domestic violence incident
to which they responded. The district attorney's database contained
information about cases that were prosecuted, such as the name of the
court, the initial charges, and the sentences. Data were gathered from
these case files to describe the demographic characteristics of
victims and offenders and to describe offenses. Part 1 contains data
for all cases in Clinton County that stemmed from a DIR from 1998 to
2000. Part 2 contains a subset of these DIR cases for which there was
an identified male offender and a female intimate partner as a victim
that could be matched to the district attorney's database. This subset
allowed the principal investigators to pinpoint the official domestic
violence cases that were prosecuted.
All domestic violence cases in Clinton County, New York,
between 1998 and 2000.
Domestic violence incidents.
domestic incident reports filed by police and data from
the district attorney's mainframe database.
administrative records data
Variables in Parts 1 and 2 consist of the police
agency filing the report, the date of the incident, whether there was
an arrest, the sex, race, and birth date of both the victim and the
offender, the relationship of the victim to the offender, the charges
filed, the court in which the case was heard, the pleas offered, and
the sentence given.