Published: January, 2007| Sue Parrott

This audit explored the question: How do prosecution and probation recognize and respond to the complexities of risk and safety for all victims of domestic violence in the City of Bellingham Whatcom. Three agencies offered their policies, practices, and case files for review during this audit, as well as contributed members to an audit team: the Bellingham City Prosecutor's Office, the Whatcom County Prosecutor's Office and the Whatcom County District Court Probation. The team's findings are based on information gathered during two community focus groups of battered women and their advocates, 35 individual interviews with a relevant practitioners, 40 observations of court and probations activities, and text analysis of case files from the City and Attorney's offices and District Court Probation.