Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 22, Issue 3, pp 113–119 | Cite as

Domestic Violence Abusers: A Descriptive Study of the Characteristics of Defenders in Protection from Abuse Orders in Sedgwick County, Kansas

  • Gregg W. EtterSr.
  • Michael L. BirzerEmail author
Original Article


Protection from abuse orders have been presented in the contemporary literature as one of many tools in protecting battered women. While protection from abuse orders provide legal protection from abuse, many abusers violate these court orders. The current study describes the characteristics of 1,873 alleged domestic violence abusers in Sedgwick County, Kansas. Data were collected from protection from abuse filings over a 12-month time frame. The data were used to examine the demographics of offenders as well as to assess the prior arrests of the offenders. Results showed that abusers were typically white males, average age of 33 with extensive past criminal arrest histories.


Domestic violence abusers Domestic violence offender demographic Protection from abuse orders Neutralization theory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Criminal Justice DepartmentUniversity of Central MissouriWarrensburgUSA
  2. 2.School of Community AffairsWichita State UniversityWichitaUSA

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