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Taking a Process-Oriented Approach to Domestic Violence Prosecutions  

Author:  Jennifer Gentile Long.; Viktoria Kristiansson.

Source: Volume 03, Number 01, Summer 2010 , pp.27-36(10)

Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly

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The National District Attorneys Association’s policy on prosecuting domestic violence suggests that education and support of the victim be included with more traditional approaches, such as use of physical evidence and expert testimony. This policy recognizes that partner violence, because of the intimate relationships involved, is unlike other types of victim-assailant cases. The focus on caring for the victim on all levels, rather than simply focusing on the verdict itself, is known as process-oriented prosecution. This type of prosecution further ensures victims’ safety and empowers them to hold their offenders accountable. The end result will be safer victims, safer communities, and the attainment of justice.


Affiliations:  1: AEquitas: The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women; 2: Office of the Attorney General of the State of New Jersey.

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