Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Criminal Justice

First Committee Member

Emily I. Troshynski

Second Committee Member

Joel Lieberman

Third Committee Member

Terance D. Miethe

Fourth Committee Member

Jennifer Guthrie

Number of Pages



Using a mixed methods approach, this study examines whether: (1) courtroom actors (i.e., presence of legal counsel, translator, victim advocate, or informal support person; and presiding judge), (2) case aspects (i.e., abuse mentioned, type of abuse mentioned; weapon mentioned; children mentioned; and session time), and (3) individual characteristics (i.e., presence of applicant and/or adverse party; and race and gender of applicant and adverse party) influence an applicant’s likelihood of being granted a civil protective order and the length of time it is granted for. Several types of analytic methods were conducted (i.e., bivariate analyses, logistic regression analyses, and sets of 3-way interaction analyses) to answer this study’s research questions. The results of this study were then supplemented with qualitative descriptive data to illustrate the complex nature of domestic violence cases. Based on a sample of 303 protection order cases, this study found that a range of variables were associated with the success of a litigant actually receiving an order of protection and its length of time.


domestic violence; intimate partner violence; judicial decisions; protective orders; victim advocate


Criminology | Criminology and Criminal Justice