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Brown bag Seminar | Public services access and domestic violence: Lessons from a randomized controlled trial

Domestic violence (DV) is a problem of first order importance across the world. While the scale of the problem of DV is vast, progress in identifying interventions to reduce the incidence of DV and improve the well-being of victims has been modest. However, will improving victim access to existing services lead to better DV outcomes? Join the next brown bag seminar with Martin Foureaux Koppensteiner to find out.

Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics cordially invites you to join the brown bag seminar `Public service access barriers and domestic violence: Lessons from a randomized control trial´ with Martin Foureaux Koppensteiner.

Interested to join the seminar? Please contact site@hhs.se - the Zoom link will be sent to you by email with further instructions!

Martin Foureaux Koppensteiner is an Associate Professor in Economics, University of Surrey. He is also a microeconomist with expertise in the evaluation of public policies. He received his MSc in Economics from University College London and PhD from Queen Mary University of London.

Learn more about Martin Foureaux Koppensteiner, here.


This paper studies the effect of improving access to support services for victims of domestic violence. For this purpose, we conducted a randomized controlled trial of an intervention designed to assist victims in accessing non-police services. We built a unique dataset from a victim survey and administrative records. The intervention led to an 19% decrease in the provision of statements by victims to police, but no significant change in criminal justice outcomes against perpetrators. We argue that the treatment response in statements came from victims for whom a statement was relatively less effective for pursuing criminal sanctions. For example, relative to the control group, statements provided by the treatment group were 84% less likely to be withdrawn. We also find that over a two-year period, reported domestic violence outcomes do not differ significantly between the treatment and control group. We provide suggestive evidence for the interpretation of these results.

Keywords: Public services, domestic violence, RCT, allocative eciency

Read the full working paper below!

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