MA (Master of Arts)
Criminal Justice and Criminology
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Steven J. Ellwanger, John T. Whitehead
To provide safety to domestic violence victims, law reform efforts provided victims with a civil remedy in which a judge orders the abuser to stay away from the victim.
The research uses 1 rural county judicial system data to evaluate protective orders. Findings indicate that 42% of petitions are dismissed by petitioner's request or failure to prosecute. Moreover, court fees are not recouped in 79% of the cases.
Logistic regression analysis indicate that an intimate relationship between the parties and payment of court costs by petitioner increased the probability of dismissal of petition upon petitioner's request; use of a gun and request to protect children increases the probability of applying the Brady Act; stalking and the issuance of the order of protection without social contact increased the probability of violations.
Thesis - Open Access
Anderson, Jaclyn, "Examining Orders of Protection: An Analysis of the Court System in a Rural Tennessee County." (2009). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 1825. https://dc.etsu.edu/etd/1825
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