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Criminal Justice Policy Research Institute



The Criminal Justice Policy Research Institute at Portland State University has renownded experts on domestic violence, particularly domestic violence risk assessment, reporting/arrest/prosecution in domestic violence cases, strategies to address the impact on children growing up in violent households, and counseling strategies for victims and offenders.  CJPRI domestic violence researchers have developed strong partnerships with law enforcement, prosecution, and victim's advocate organizations in Oregon and nationally.


Learn about the importance of domestic violence screening from Dr. Kris Henning describing our partnership with the Portland Police Bureau's Domestic Violence Reduction Unit:  Link to videos 1-3.


Simpson, S. S. & Bouffard, L. A., with Garner, J. & Hickman, L. J. “The Influence ofLegal Reform on the Probability of Arrest in Domestic Violence Cases.” Justice Quarterly, September 2006, 23 (3): 297-316.
Henning, K., Martinsson, R., & Holdford, R. (2009). Gender differences in risk factors for intimate partner violence recidivism.  Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, & Trauma, 18(6), 623-645.  
Hickman, L. J., & Simpson, S. S. “Fair Treatment or Preferred Outcome? The Impact of Police Behavior on Victim Reports of Domestic Violence Incidents.” Law & Society Review, September 2003, 37(3): 607-633. Reprinted in Procedural Justice, Volume 2, Tom R. Tyler (editor). Hampshire, UK: Ashgate Publishing Limited, November, 2005.
Henning, K., & Holdford, R. (2006). Minimization, denial, and victim blaming by batterers: Does the truth really matter? Criminal Justice and Behavior,, 33(1), 110-130.



Brian Renauer, Ph.D 
CJPRI Director 
CCJ Chair 


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