Domestic Abuse: Predicting, Assessing and Responding to Risk in the Criminal Justice System and Beyond
This chapter brings together early findings from three Ph.D. projects on domestic abuse, each taking a different approach. The first explores the issues of underreporting and predictors of risk; the second focuses on the police response to domestic abuse, highlighting gaps in service provision to victims; and the final project looks at specialist courts and the work of independent domestic violence advisors. This chapter forms a body of research with the potential to make a significant contribution to the field. Indeed, the motivation for each of the projects is to add to current efforts to improve responses to domestic abuse within the criminal justice system and beyond, focusing on ways in which practitioners might predict, assess and respond to risk in relation to domestic abuse.
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