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Protecting victims of intimate partner violence: Swedish prosecutors’ experiences of decision-making regarding restraining orders
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work. Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia; . (CAPS)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8285-0935
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work. (CAPS)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1704-9543
School of Law, Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, UK.
2018 (English)In: Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention, ISSN 1404-3858, E-ISSN 1651-2340, Vol. 19, no 2, p. 170-186Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Restraining orders can be used as a risk management strategy to reduce the likelihood of intimate partner violence (IPV) re-victimisation. The aim of this study was to examine how prosecutors work with cases of IPV, with a focus on their collaboration with police, use of violence risk assessment and implementation of restraining orders. A qualitative analysis was conducted based on semi-structured interviews with five prosecutors operating in two northern police districts in Sweden in 2016. Data were analysed using latent content analysis. Three overarching themes arose: The case, Organization of resources and Interpretation of the law. Each theme was discussed in the context of the prosecutors’ work with IPV. Prosecutors pointed to several inadequacies in the legislation and offered potential solutions that would ameliorate their work. Results also showed that prosecutors seldom used violence risk assessments conducted by police as a basis for issuing restraining orders. The primary reason for this was a lack of clear routines governing cooperation between police and prosecutors in the application process. The results from this study can be used when training criminal justice personnel in order to obtain a better understanding of the difficulties that prosecutors face when trying to protect victims of IPV.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2018. Vol. 19, no 2, p. 170-186
Keywords [en]
Intimate partner violence, prosecutor, restraining order, police criminal justice system, qualitative study
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Applied Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-68785DOI: 10.1080/14043858.2018.1450547Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85044068657OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-68785DiVA, id: diva2:1245851
Available from: 2018-09-06 Created: 2018-09-06 Last updated: 2019-03-26Bibliographically approved

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