The Threat of Prosecution May Reduce Further Intimate Partner (Domestic) Violence
The threat of, or offer to drop, prosecution may provide leverage for abused women. For victim-initiated complaints, permitting
victims to drop charges following an arrest significantly lowered the chance of new violence during and 6 months following
the court appearance. These women also experienced less violence, less severe violence, and a longer delay before the onset
of new violence.
Date Created: May 19, 2009