Criminal justice interventions in domestic violence: A systematic map


​Systematic mapping is a technique used to systematically identify and describe all of the available evidence in a particular area. A systematic map demonstrates the scope and nature of the evidence in an area and can help to identify research trends.  Systematic mapping also enables the identification of gaps in the evidence base and can highlight possibilities for future, narrower review questions or where further research is needed.

This map systematically identifies and describes the existing empirical evidence on criminal justice interventions in domestic violence.  There is a growing body of evidence evaluating criminal justice agencies and their intervention in domestic violence. This map pulls that body of evidence together.

The map shows that there is evidence on a wide range of domestic violence interventions. It also reveals a dramatic shift in research focus since the 1990s with an upsurge in research relating to perpetrator programmes.  In addition, the map identifies areas where there are significant gaps in the evidence base, such as victim focussed interventions.

To better understand the evidence around perpetrator programmes, a more in-depth review was undertaken using the evidence identified in this map.

This systematic map was undertaken by  UCL- Institute of Education, Evidence for Public Policy and Practice Information Coordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre) Department of Security and Crime Science as part of the Commissioned Partnership Programme.  It is the third in a series of reviews.

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