This study examines the implementation and effectiveness of the Seminole County Sheriff's Office Global Positioning System (GPS) when ordered by the court for "no contact" in Domestic Violence cases, specifically Intimate Partner Violence. The research evaluates violations, which occurred while arrestees were assigned to GPS in 2009 and 2013; the programs first year and the most recent with complete data available. The results found limited factors that could be identified as predicting violations for those who violated the GPS, but the qualitative interviews shed much more light on the value of the program. The qualitative interviews were conducted with various stakeholders ranging from law enforcement to victim's advocates, and from state attorneys to public defenders. The overwhelming response rang loud, GPS allowed victims to feel safer and required more accountability on the part of the offender.
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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
College of Sciences
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Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)
Rados, Rachel, "Keeping Their Distance: A Comparison of 2009 and 2013 Domestic Violence cases in Seminole County that utilized GPS Technology to Determine Effectiveness of Program" (2016). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 5281.
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