Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Criminal Justice

First Advisor

Dr. Mark L. Dantzker

Second Advisor

Dr. Dan Dearth

Third Advisor

Dr. Nigel J. Cohen


Domestic violence has long been an issue for the criminal justice system and society. Despite decades of research, activism, and intervention programs, much remains to be accomplished. There are many facets to studying domestic violence. However, there are few studies that specifically deal with protective orders and what, if any, effect they have on the occurrence of domestic violence. The goal of this researcher was to discover whether there were any relationships between variables such as age, gender, and employment status and the decision to not issue a protective order. The data used in this study were obtained from the Hidalgo County District Attorney's Office - Protective Order division in Hidalgo County, Texas. A total of 354 applications for protective orders were examined for the year 2001.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American