A Troubled Marriage: Domestic Violence and the Legal System by Leigh Goodmark PDF

By Leigh Goodmark

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The improvement of a criminal regime to wrestle family violence within the usa has been lauded as one of many feminist movement’s maximum triumphs. yet, Leigh Goodmark argues, the ensuing procedure is deeply unsuitable in ways in which hinder it from supporting many ladies subjected to abuse. the present felony reaction to household violence is excessively keen on actual violence; this slender definition of abuse fails to supply safeguard from behaviors which are profoundly destructive, together with mental, monetary, and reproductive abuse. The process makes use of vital regulations that deny ladies subjected to abuse autonomy and organization, substituting the state’s priorities for women’s pursuits.  

A afflicted Marriage is a provocative exploration of ways the criminal system’s reaction to family violence constructed, why that reaction is defective, and what we must always do to alter it.  Goodmark argues for an anti-essentialist process, which might outline abuse and allocate strength in a way conscious of the stories, targets, wishes and priorities of person girls. Theoretically wealthy but conversational, A stricken Marriage imagines a felony procedure in accordance with anti-essentialist rules and indicates how one can glance past the approach to aid girls locate justice and monetary balance, have interaction males within the fight to finish abuse, and advance neighborhood responsibility for abuse.

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