System Alert

Arizona's Criminal Justice Response to Domestic Violence

October 2007

Domestic violence (DV) ranks among the most common 911 calls to police statewide. And a new report reveals that the victims making the calls – and the professionals working in Arizona’s criminal-justice system – say the state’s response is at risk of failing.

System Alert: Arizona’s Criminal Justice Response to Domestic Violence
, published by the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University, finds that, despite important strides made over the past three decades, the Arizona’s criminal justice system is too often falling short of its goals of achieving victim safety and offender accountability.

System Alert examines the impact of this destructive force through the views and opinions of front-line practitioners in Arizona’s criminal-justice system and the victims who have sought its aid. Researchers conducted more than 800 confidential surveys and 71 in-depth interviews of prosecutors, judges, probation officers, victim advocates, and victims throughout Arizona. System Alert completes an examination of DV attitudes and outcomes in Arizona that began with Layers of Meaning: Domestic Violence and Law Enforcement Attitudes in Arizona (2005).

Click below for commentaries by members of the project’s advisory panel on the issues facing each group of criminal justice professionals that were researched in System Alert. [Adobe Reader Required]

JoAnn-Del-Colle, Phoenix Family Advocacy Center

Judge William O’Neil, Pinal County Superior Court

John Pombier, Mesa City Prosecutor’s Office

Cathy Cermak, Pima County Probation Officer

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