Understanding the Impact of Prior Abuse and Prior Victimization on the Decision to Forego Criminal Justice Assistance in Domestic Violence Incidents: A Life-Course Perspective

Eve Buzawa, Gerald T. Hotaling, James Byrne
2006 Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention  
While there has been much attention focused on offenders, crime, and desistance from crime through the life course, researchers have largely ignored victimization and desistance from victimization through the life course. Focusing specifically on domestic violence among a cohort of offenders and victims in a single court setting (Quincy, Massachusetts), the authors explorethe factors (including bothoffenderand victimcharacteristics) relatedtorevictimization and then examine the difference
more » ... he difference between those victims who do not report revictimization to the police and those victims who do report .The research reported here demonstrates that a childhood history of abuse may increase the probability that revictimization-if/when it occurs-will not be reported to police. The implications of this finding for criminal justice system's response to victims of domestic violence are discussed, focusing on (a) the development of new strategies for the identification and control of revictimization that are proactive and police-and/or probation-driven as well as (b) new approaches to treatment and crisis intervention that recognize the importance of understanding victimization-both at the individual and family level-throughout the life course. [Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention 7:55-76 (2007)] KEY WORDS: abuse, victimization, life-course perspective, domestic violence, crisis intervention, formal and informal social control mechanisms, batterer treatment. This study includes the results of a secondary analysis of data originally collected for a recently completed National Institute of Justice (NIJ)-sponsored evaluation of a "model" do-mestic violence program located in Quincy, Massachusetts. We originally chose the Quincy, Massachusetts, site because we wanted to explore a setting in which a policy of
doi:10.1093/brief-treatment/mhl020 fatcat:6yzntksnwjaupfuqxgrsmnml3m