Ames, Lynda. PROCESS EVALUATION OF A DOMESTIC ABUSE REDUCTION TEAM IN CLINTON COUNTY, NEW YORK, 1998-2000. ICPSR version. Plattsburgh, NY: Plattsburgh State University [producer], 2002. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2003. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03423.v1
Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03423.v1
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criminal justice programs,
Date of Collection:
Unit of Observation:
Domestic violence incidents.
All domestic violence cases in Clinton County, New York,
between 1998 and 2000.
administrative records data
Data Collection Notes:
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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.
domestic incident reports filed by police and data from
the district attorney's mainframe database.
Description of Variables:
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.
Presence of Common Scales:
Extent of Processing: ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of
disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major
statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to
these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:
Standardized missing values.
Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.
The data are restricted from general
dissemination. Users interested in obtaining these data must complete
a Data Transfer Agreement Form and specify the reasons for the
request. A copy of the Data Transfer Agreement Form can be requested
by calling 800-999-0960 or 734-647-5000. The Data Transfer Agreement
Form is also available as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file from
the NACJD Web site at
forms should be returned to: Director, National Archive of Criminal
Justice Data, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social
Research, Institute for Social Research, P.O. Box 1248, University of
Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1248, or by fax: 734-647-8200.