Dealing with Mentally Ill Domestic Violence Perpetrators: A New Judicial Model

International Journal Law & Psychiatry, Forthcoming

University of Miami Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2010-18

32 Pages Posted: 12 Aug 2010

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Bruce J. Winick

University of Miami School of Law

Date Written: August 10, 2010

Abstract

People suffering from mental illness are increasingly referred to the domestic violence court. Yet the typical diversion programs available, including batterer’s intervention programs, are inappropriate for those with serious mental illness. As a result, the Miami-Dade Domestic Violence Court has developed a new approach for dealing with this population that applies mental health court techniques in domestic violence court. This Article will describe and discuss this pioneering model. It also will situate this model within the context of other problem-solving courts and discuss how the court uses principles and approaches of therapeutic jurisprudence. The paper presents some preliminary data that describe the social and legal characteristics of 20 defendants in the Domestic Violence Mental Health Court followed over a two year period.

Suggested Citation

Winick, Bruce J., Dealing with Mentally Ill Domestic Violence Perpetrators: A New Judicial Model (August 10, 2010). International Journal Law & Psychiatry, Forthcoming, University of Miami Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2010-18, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1656526 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1656526

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