Published: July, 2007| La Crosse County Domestic Violence Safety and Accountability Audit Team, Dar Jaeger, Jane Sadusky

The La Crosse County Safety Audit - Phase 2 explored the following question: How do post-arrest and prosecution responses to domestic violence cases in La Crosse County enhance or diminish victim safety and batterer accountability The constant focal point of any Safety Audit is the gap between what people experience and need and what institutions provide; its focus is on institutional processes, not individual workers. A trained local team conducted interviews and observations with practitioners who are skilled and well-versed in their jobs. Their knowledge of the institutional response in everyday practice and their first-hand experience with the people whose cases are being processed supplied many of the critical observations and insights of the audit. The team also reviewed case files, policies, and other documents; this report summarizes their findings.