In the preceding two chapters, the way that police and the courts respond to family violence cases was considered. Once a case enters the family justice system, it must be resolved one way or another. The way cases are resolved varies tremendously between and among the various types of family violence. Some are resolved informally with minimal criminal justice involvement, while others incur the full wrath of the justice system. Some responses focus primarily on punishment, others focus on treatment, and others try to develop a balance between treatment and punishment. Consider the following examples:
The nature and consequences of these offenses are each unique. They are similar in that each case is a family violence case, and the criminal justice system played a role in attempting to resolve them.