Offender Profile and Recidivism among Domestic Violence Offenders in Ontario

Table 19: Prior Conviction, Seriousness Index, Most Serious Prior Conviction and Most Serious Sentence by Reconviction Status and Court Type, 2001

Prior Conviction
  Domestic Violence Courts Other Ontario Courts
Reconviction N (% row) No Reconviction N (% row) Total N (% column) Reconviction N (% row) No Reconviction N (% row) Total N (% column)
Yes 142 (41%) 205 (59%) 347 (69%) 140 (40%) 205 (60%) 345 (69%)
No 15 (10%) 138 (90%) 153 (31%) 20 (13%) 135 (83%) 155 (31%)
Total 157 (31%) 343 (69%) 500 (100%) 160 (32%) 340 (68%) 500 (100%)

Seriousness Index
  Domestic Violence Courts Other Ontario Courts
Reconviction N (% row) No Reconviction N (% row) Total N (% column) Reconviction N (% row) No Reconviction N (% row) Total N (% column)
Serious Violence 52 (52%) 48 (48%) 100 (29%) 47 (50%) 47 (50%) 94 (27%)
Violence 44 (37%) 75 (63%) 119 (34%) 48 (41%) 69 (59%) 117 (34%)
Threat of Violence 8 (50%) 8 (50%) 16 (5%) 3 (38%) 5 (62%) 8 (2%)
No Violence 38 (34%) 74 (66%) 112 (32%) 42 (33%) 84 (67%) 126 (37%)
Total 142 (41%) 205 (59%) 347 (100%) 140 (41%) 205 (59%) 345 (100%)

Most Serious Prior Conviction
  Domestic Violence Courts Other Ontario Courts
Reconviction N (% row) No Reconviction N (% row) Total N (% column) Reconviction N (% row) No Reconviction N (% row) Total N (% column)
Spousal Violence 12 (67%) 6 (33%) 18 (5%) 21 (54%) 18 (46%) 39 (11%)
Other Violent 92 (42%) 125 (58%) 217 (63%) 77 (43%) 103 (57%) 180 (52%)
Administrative Offences 17 (43%) 23 (57%) 40 (12%) 17 (40%) 25 (60%) 42 (12%)
Property Offences 16 (41%) 23 (59%) 39 (11%) 16 (39%) 25 (61%) 41 (12%)
Other CC 5 (18%) 23 (82%) 28 (8%) 6 (16%) 31 (84%) 37 (11%)
Drugs and Other Federal Statutes 0 (0%) 5 (100%) 5 (1%) 3 (50%) 3 (50%) 6 (2%)
Total 142 (41%) 205 (59%) 347 (100%) 140 (41%) 205 (59%) 345 (100%)

Most Serious Sentence
  Domestic Violence Courts Other Ontario Courts
Reconviction N (% row) No Reconviction N (% row) Total N (% column) Reconviction N (% row) No Reconviction N (% row) Total N (% column)
Prison 116 (48%) 128 (52%) 244 (70%) 109 (49%) 113 (51%) 222 (64%)
Conditional Sentence 0 (0%) 3 (100%) 3 (1%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%) 9 (3%)
Probation 18 (26%) 50 (74%) 68 (20%) 17 (23%) 58 (77%) 75 (22%)
Suspended Sentence 1 (100%) 0 (0%) 1 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
Fine 7 (23%) 24 (77%) 31 (9%) 11 (28%) 28 (72%) 39 (11%)
Total 142 (41%) 205 (59%) 347 (100%) 140 (41%) 205 (59%) 345 (100%)

1. Total may not equal 100% due to rounding.