Dealing with mentally ill domestic violence perpetrators

A therapeutic jurisprudence judicial model

Bruce J. Winick, Richard Wiener, Anthony Castro, Aryn Emmert, Leah S. Georges

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Abstract

People suffering from mental illness are increasingly referred to the domestic violence court. Yet the typical diversion programs available, including batterer's intervention programs, are inappropriate for those with serious mental illness. As a result, the Miami-Dade Domestic Violence Court has developed a new approach for dealing with this population that applies mental health court techniques in domestic violence court. This article will describe and discuss this pioneering model. It also will situate this model within the context of other problem-solving courts and discuss how the court uses principles and approaches of therapeutic jurisprudence. The paper presents some preliminary data that describe the social and legal characteristics of 20 defendants in the Domestic Violence Mental Health Court followed over a two year period between 2005 and 2007.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)428-439
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Law and Psychiatry
Volume33
Issue number5-6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

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domestic violence
Mental Health
mental illness
Therapeutics
Psychological Stress
mental health
Population

Keywords

  • Descriptive process
  • Domestic violence
  • Problem solving court

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Law

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Dealing with mentally ill domestic violence perpetrators : A therapeutic jurisprudence judicial model. / Winick, Bruce J.; Wiener, Richard; Castro, Anthony; Emmert, Aryn; Georges, Leah S.

In: International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, Vol. 33, No. 5-6, 01.11.2010, p. 428-439.

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Winick, Bruce J. ; Wiener, Richard ; Castro, Anthony ; Emmert, Aryn ; Georges, Leah S. / Dealing with mentally ill domestic violence perpetrators : A therapeutic jurisprudence judicial model. In: International Journal of Law and Psychiatry. 2010 ; Vol. 33, No. 5-6. pp. 428-439.
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