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Volume 5/Issue 4 - THE EXCHANGE - October 2022

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Domestic Violence Order

On appeal of the entry of a domestic violence order, the Appellant argued that the findings of an abuse of power in a relationship and allegations of sex videos being sold online without Appellee’s consent, are not sufficient to support the statutory definition of domestic violence and abuse. Affirmed.


Domestic Violence Order

Cross domestic violence petitions were filed amongst a wife and her husband. The family court granted the wife’s petition and denied the husband’s petition. On appeal, the husband argued that the family court erred when it prohibited him from introducing evidence regarding the wife’s mental illness and that the court failed to make sufficient findings of fact. Affirmed.


Domestic Violence Order; Personal Jurisdiction; Forum

A mother appealed on behalf of her minor child from an order of the family court which dismissed domestic violence petitions the mother filed to protect her child from the child’s father and a minor child, who is her child’s half-sibling. The Court of Appeals agreed that Kentucky was an inappropriate forum and lacked personal jurisdiction over the father and the sibling. Affirmed.


“Just Bring Us the Real Ones”: The Role of Forensic Crime Laboratories in Guarding the Gateway to Justice for Sexual Assault Victims

Most sexual assaults are never prosecuted, as less than 10% of cases reported to the police end in a conviction or guilty plea (see Lonsway & Archambault, 2012; Shaw & Lee, 2019 for reviews). The most precipitous drop-off in case progression occurs quite early in the process, as law enforcement personnel clear most cases without a referral to prosecutors for consideration of charges (Bouffard, 2000; Campbell, 2008; Pattavina et al., 2016; Spohn et al., 2014). Kerstetter (1990) argued that these actions by the police “form the gateway to the criminal justice system” (p.

Disclosure of Sexual Assault Among Sexual and Gender Minorities: A Systematic Literature Review

Sexual assault is common in sexual and gender minority (SGM) individuals.  While rates of assault are believed to be high, few studies have examined SGM victims’ disclosure experiences. While less studied, there is an increasing body of literature documenting that trans and other gender diverse (TGD) individuals have especially high rates of sexual assault victimization. For example, research suggests that 43–50% of TGD individuals report experiencing a sexual  assault (Clements-Nolle et al., 2006; Risser et al., 2005 Stotzer, 2009).

Sex Offenses Perpetrated Against Older Adults: A Multivariate Analysis of Crime Scene Behaviors

The aim of this study was to explore the relationship between crime scene behaviors and background characteristics of offenders who commit sexual offenses against female victims aged 60 years or more. Research and understanding of offense behaviors in this area is extremely limited; therefore, the study sought to provide a preliminary understanding and multivariate model of offense behaviors in cases where older female adults were sexually abused.

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