Victim’s Perceptions of Injunctions in Domestic Violence Cases


Ali Akbar Rahmatian 1 , *

1 Graduate faculty, Webster University, United States

How to Cite: Rahmatian A A. Victim’s Perceptions of Injunctions in Domestic Violence Cases, Iran J Psychiatry Behav Sci. 2008 ; 2(1):36-42.


Iranian Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences: 2 (1); 36-42
Published Online: January 31, 2008
Article Type: Original Article
Received: December 07, 2007
Accepted: January 01, 2008


Objective: As domestic violence becomes increasingly recognized a widespread social problem, judicial system has begun playing larger roles in providing legal protection to these victims. One way they are doing this in the United States is through the use of protective restraining orders or injunctions. The purpose of this research was to determine if permanent Injunctions for Protection provide victims of Domestic Violence with a sense of security in alleviating fear of retaliation or on-going violence.

Methods: A total of 196 permanent injunctions for protection against domestic violence were obtained by victims residing within the City of Lakeland Florida. The survey consisted of telephone interviews with 51 domestic violence victims whom were selected randomly

Results: About eighty six percent of victims reported feeling safe, 90% said they felt better emotionally and 86.36% indicated that their life had improved after the injunction was ordered.

Conclusion: The respondents of the interviews felt that the permanent injunctions were beneficial to their feelings of safety and general well being, as well as being worthwhile.


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