Published: August, 2007| Lisa Tessarowicz, Amber Ptak, Rhonda Martinson

A multi-disciplinary team in El Paso County, Colorado mapped their domestic violence prosecution system, conducted focus groups of battered women, interviewed numerous practitioners, observed domestic violence court appearances and reviewed prosecution files to determine what information/factors influence prosecutorial decision-making and case disposition in misdemeanor domestic violence cases, as they related to adult/child victim safety and offender accountability. Four themes in victim safety and offender accountability were discovered; These themes and recommendations to address them are set forth in this report.