Understanding Attrition in Domestic Violence Cases

By Maggie Bailey.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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To narrow the justice gap, the previous British Labour government advocated a multi-agency approach to bring the perpetrators of domestic violence to justice and to manage victim safety. However, taking as a starting point, the available Crown Prosecution Services data from 2007, there is little supporting evidence that the collaborative approach has been effective in some areas of the UK. The Northampton area, which has been one of the least successful locations in securing convictions according to the available quantitative data, has been studied to identify the statutory and voluntary agencies involved in domestic abuse cases in an attempt to understand why attrition has increased over the last year despite the collaborate attempts to narrow the justice gap. A Foucauldian toolkit has been used to theorize the findings and contextualize them into a broader governmentality framework.

Keywords: Domestic Violence, Attrition, Northamptonshire, Foucauldian Analysis

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp.377-388. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 655.031KB).

Maggie Bailey

doctoral student, Faculty of Social and Communication Studies, Chester, UK

Maggie Bailey has an active interest in governmental initiatives that aim to reduce domestic violence incidents. She returned to education as a mature student after having worked in the private sector for many years. She is particularly interested in the work of Michel Foucault and has completed an undergraduate dissertation on homelessness, theorized using Foucauldian “methods”. She has lectured at Level 6 - Debates in Sociology - and facilitated seminars for Level 4 students on the Criminology programme at the University of Chester.


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