Domestic Violence against Women and Autonomy

Marilyn Friedman

in Autonomy, Gender, Politics

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780195138504
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199785902 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Feminist Philosophy

 Domestic Violence against Women and Autonomy

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This chapter examines autonomy in regard to domestic violence. It discusses how intimate partner abuse diminishes autonomy. It is argued that professional care-givers should usually provide uncritical support for abused women who choose to remain in abusive relationships rather than trying rationally to persuade them to change their minds. Legal policy must treat individual cases with consideration for the material and symbolic impact of that treatment on a whole population.

Keywords: personal autonomy; partner abuse; legal response; domestic violence; abused women

Chapter.  10296 words. 

Subjects: Feminist Philosophy

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