The impact of improving access to support services for victims of domestic violence on demand for services and victim outcomes
Martin Foreaux Koppensteiner
American Economic Journal: Economic Policy (Forthcoming)
We conducted a randomised controlled trial of an intervention
designed to assist victims of domestic violence in accessing nonpolice
support services. The intervention led to a 22% decrease
in the fraction of victims providing a witness statement to police.
Witness statements are an important piece of evidence and a key
input in the prosecution of perpetrators. Despite this, we do not
find a significant change in perpetrator arrests and convictions or
in reported future violence. Survey responses provide evidence of
an increase in non-police service use, a reduction in future victimisation
risk, but also a potential decrease in short-run well-being.