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Understanding Access Barriers to Public Services: Lessons from a Randomized Domestic Violence Intervention

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posted on 21.10.2020, 10:09 by Martin Foureaux Koppensteiner, Jesse Matheson, Reka Plugor
We study the effect of decreasing barriers to accessing non-police services on the demand for police services in cases of police-reported domestic violence. Variation comes from a large case-level randomised control trial designed to assist victims in accessing non-police services. Our data link information from local and national police administrative records, and a survey of victims. The intervention led to a robust 21% decrease in the demand for police services, as measured by the provision of a statement by victims. Despite a strong correlation between statements and criminal sanctions against perpetrators, we do not find a corresponding effect of the intervention on perpetrator arrest, charges or sentencing. This suggests that the victims who do not provide a statement because of treatment had a relatively low statement effectiveness. Consistent with this result, we find treatment group statements are significantly less likely to be withdrawn than are control group statements.



Working Paper. Sheffield Economic Research Paper Series, 2019013 (2019013). Department of Economics, University of Sheffield ISSN 1749-8368

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