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Volume 4/Issue 3 - THE EXCHANGE - July 2021

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Violence Against Women; Assault; Victim-impact Evidence; Involuntary Intoxication

The defendant beat his victim with a wooden object and attempted to burn her with a blowtorch. He also shot her friend. The victim survived but sustained several injuries requiring hospitalization. The friend died in the hospital. The defendant was indicted by a grand jury on charges of murder, first-degree assault, and tampering with physical evidence.

Attempted Murder; Theft by Unlawful Taking; Violence Against Women; Jury Instructions

The trial court did not err in declining the defendant’s request for a renunciation jury instruction, as there was no evidence that the defendant made any efforts to abandon his commission of the crime or took any steps to avoid its commission prior to the shooting. Rather, he completed the act of shooting his girlfriend, but failed to kill her as he had intended.

Domestic Violence Order; Interpersonal Protective Order

After taking the evidence into account, the trial court did not abuse its discretion in concluding that the perpetrator’s behavior established a course of conduct that met the definition of stalking and that, given his arrest for violating the trial court’s IPO, it was not unreasonable to assume that absent court intervention the conduct was likely to continue in the future. Affirmed.

Co-Reporting of Child Maltreatment and Intimate Partner Violence: The Likelihood of Substantiations and Foster Care Placements

Research makes clear that intimate partner violence (IPV) (physical, sexual, and psychological or emotional harm between current or former intimate partners), negatively affects children as well as adults. Although IPV-related reports frequently come to the attention of child protective services (CPS), there is no nationally agreed upon legal standard or practice guidance for child protection responses to maltreatment reports, nor sufficient research documenting that reaction.

Differences in Rape Acknowledgment and Mental Health Outcomes Across Transgender, Nonbinary, and Cisgender Bisexual Youth

The purpose of this study was to document rates of rape acknowledgment (labeling rape as rape rather than using a minimizing label) and corresponding mental health correlates using the minority stress framework in a sample of youth: specifically including a sample of racially diverse sexual and gender minority young adults. Participants were 245 young adults who identified their sexual orientation as under the bisexual umbrella. Of the participants, 159 (65.2%) identified their gender identity as nonbinary.

The Use of Victim Video Statements in Family Violence Cases Increases the Rate of Early Guilty Pleas

This study explored the effect of victim video statements (VVS) on the rate of early guilty pleas by the defendant in cases of domestic violence. The data analysis explored two factors: (a) being bailed or remanded and (b) the seriousness of charges. VVS cases resulted in 44% early guilty pleas compared with 30% for those with written statements. VVS have a statistically significant increase in the odds of making a guilty plea.

Integrating the Literature on Lethal Violence: A Comparison of Mass Murder, Homicide, and Homicide-Suicide

With 43 attacks claiming over 200 victims, mass killings reached a forty-year high in 2019 (AP/USA TODAY/Northeastern University, 2019). Defined as the killing of four or more individuals (excluding the offender) within 24 hours, mass murders are incredibly rare events that account for less than 1% of all homicides (Krouse & Richardson, 2015). Despite their rarity, mass killings disproportionately impact policy

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