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Published in Violence Against Women (June 2007) Volume 13, Number 6: 603-626. Copyright 2007, Sage Publications. doi: 10.1177/1077801207301553,, hosted at Used by permission.


The current research details interviews with 50 victims and 50 defendants who participated in a specialized criminal domestic violence court in Lexington County, South Carolina. These victims and defendants indicated satisfaction with their court experiences, thought the process allowed them to voice their views, felt they were treated with respect, and were generally satisfied with the outcome of their cases. Court observations and interviews with court personnel confirmed that this court has successfully incorporated victims and defendants into the decision-making process while also providing a fair system to address the issue of violence against women.