Catch‐22: Exploring Victim Interests in a Specialist Family Violence Jurisdiction
Research and advocacy over the past few decades have combined to draw attention both to the inadequacies of criminal justice intervention in domestic violence as well as the law's positive potential. Radical changes in law, policy, and practice have been implemented in the civil and criminal jurisdictions in most western countries, including Australia. More proactive intervention from criminal justice agencies has not been without its critics. The interests of victims of domestic violence have been portrayed by some as being in conflict with those of the justice system. This article explores this interaction using evaluation surveys and qualitative data from interviews with 360 victims of domestic violence in an urban Australian jurisdiction. Using a smaller subset of respondents, the article provides an exploratory examination of victims' engagement with criminal prosecution and how they place themselves within the decision-making process and the objectives of the system. The article concludes that there is significant congruence between victim objectives and interests and those of a public-interest justice system.
International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice
Causes and Prevention of Crime