Intimate partner violence – findings and lessons from a national deterrence policy
The ongoing pandemic is highlighting the fragilities of intimate partner violence deterrence in most European countries. The main objective of this research was to identify the outcomes of a national deterrence policy of intimate partner violence, complemented by special protection and support measures for mistreated women. One outcome was an increase in the prosecution and punishment of intimate offenders. The other was an apparent failure to reduce the prevalence of intimate partner violence against women. One of the possible causes for this failure can be a comparatively lower law enforcement investment in the persecution and punishment of intimate offenders.
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