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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

Criminal Justice: M.S.


Criminal Justice


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First Advisor

Dr. Dick Andzenge

Second Advisor

Dr. Lee Gilbertson

Third Advisor

Dr. David Robinson

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Keywords and Subject Headings

domestic violence, evaluation, domestic violence court


Stearns County, Minnesota implemented a new court system to only handle domestic violence cases. It started in 2008 and its sole purpose is to reduce recidivism. This is the latest policy in a long list to try and curb the epidemic that is domestic violence. The purpose of this research is to analyze how effective the court has been in its goal. The data used in this research is from 2008 to when it was collected in October of 2014. The analysis will include descriptive statistics, t-tests, logistic regression and ARIMA modelling for its analysis and will analyze on characteristic variables, such as race, sex and age, as well as legal variables, such as number of violations, sentencing date, if the offender recidivated or not and etc.. The findings from the analysis show that the court is more than likely not reducing recidivism.


I would like to personally thank my committee for their support and guidance throughout this thesis process. I would also like to give thanks to my advisor and chairperson of my committee, Dr. Dick Andzenge, who went above and beyond to help me achieve this goal.