Published: June, 2015| Rhonda Martinson, Scott Miller

Unchecked witness intimidation can frighten witnesses and seriously hurt prosecution. To learn where and when intimidation arises, a local team in Duluth, MN observed 9-1-1 call takers and dispatchers, court proceedings, court hallway activity, and offender groups; conducted focus groups with victims; interviewed criminal justice practitioners; reviewed prosecution files ; and reviewed historical reports compiled by the domestic violence response team. This presentation will share gaps found in witness safety and offender accountability and describe how the information learned has already been incorporated into law enforcement response/investigation, advocacy, and prosecution as well as into policy and practice goals for the future.