Domestic violence research is an important part of both scholarly and practitioner investigations into the circumstances and legal outcomes of domestic violence incidents. To improve upon our current understanding of domestic violence court cases, this study utilizes data from the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida to examine the relationship between socio-demographic factors and domestic violence case dispositions. Using Generalized Estimating Equation modeling, Black's theory of the quantity of law, which proposes that the quantity of law observed between parties varies based on individual characteristics, is used to investigate the relationship between individual case characteristics and domestic violence case disposition outcomes. Findings from this study suggest that different stages of the disposition outcome are related to petitioner and respondent characteristics, and legal and injury factors. The findings from this study are useful to those that are interested in developing a better understanding of the relationship between domestic violence case characteristics and the resulting court dispositions.
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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
College of Community Innovation and Education
School of Public Administration
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Doctoral Dissertation (Campus-only Access)
Cameron, Alesha, "Examining Domestic Violence: The Relationship Between Socio-Demographic Factors and Case Dispositions" (2023). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 1527.
Restricted to the UCF community until May 2028; it will then be open access.