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Article 1: Catalano, S. (2007). Intimate Partner Violence in the United States. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Summary: This report provides longitudinal data concerning intimate partner violence. The data in the report examines the prevalence of intimate partner violence (IPV), longitudinal trends, and characteristics of those involved IPV incidents. Generally, nonfatal IPV has been steadily declining since 2005. Fatal IPV incidents have also been declining, however for a much longer period of time-since 1976.

Questions to Consider:

1. What factors may contribute to the steady decline of intimate partner violence in the last several decades?

2. Over the 30-year period from 1976-2005, intimate homicide rates fell for all gender/race categories except for white females. What may contribute to the reduction in rates for the other categories, but not white females?

3. What factors may contribute to the steady increase of reporting to police of nonfatal intimate partner victimization for female victims?


Article 2: Belknap, J. & Potter H. (2005). The trials of measuring the "success" of domestic violence policiesCriminology & Public Policy, 4(3), 559-566.

Summary: This essay discusses the need to broaden the research questions used in research that evaluates domestic violence policies. The authors suggest that supplemental research questions are needed to examine several facets of domestic violence and domestic violence-related policies that are understudied. The insight gained from this proposed research will help criminal justice agencies and actors respond effectively and appropriately to victims and offenders.

Questions to Consider:

1. Why might it be beneficial to have a system-wide comprehensive response to domestic violence?

2. How can comprehensive responses address both the victims’ and offenders’ needs?

3. Explain the importance of the victim experience in domestic violence case processing. Why might the insight of battered women be important in developing policy?


Article 3: Javdani, S., Allen, N.E., Todd, N.R. & Anderson, C.J. (2011). Examining systems change in response to domestic violence: Innovative applications of multilevel modelingViolence Against Women, 17(3), 359-375,

Summary: This article explores possible systems change in the response to incidents of domestic violence. The authors note the methodological barriers that make this task difficult and propose various techniques to address the challenges that these barriers pose. The application of advanced statistical modeling is used to examine two important system markers: protection order and domestic violence program referral rates.

Questions to Consider:

1. Why might the examination of systems change be important to domestic violence researchers and practitioners?

2. Should domestic violence program referral rates be expected to change over time? If so, why and in what way(s)?

3. Why might judicial circuits differ in their rates of protection order and domestic violence program referrals?