Published: December, 2003| Jen Maile, Rhonda Martinson, J.D.

This audit examined how misdemeanor domestic violence prosecution responds to domestic violence. A team of criminal justice practitioners and battered women's advocates carried it out; team members observed police and probation officer activities, arraignments and sentencing. They interviewed a judge, law enforcement officers, jail staff, a release assistance officer, a clerk of court, prosecutors, a probation officer, a batterer's program provider, court officer, a defense attorney and victim services providers. A consultant and the audit coordinator analyzed 86 files for information available to a prosecutor to make case decisions, and for indicators of how victim safety and offender accountability are built into the job of a prosecutor; the information was compiled in a brief report comparing prosecution practices to current, national best practices in the field of domestic violence prosecution. The report also contains recommendations for the community to implement.