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How Battered Women Lose: Unintended Consequences of Well-Intentioned Legal and Criminal Justice Policies

Michelle L. Meloy and Susan L. Miller

in The Victimization of Women

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199765102
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199944187 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765102.003.0014
How Battered Women Lose: Unintended Consequences of Well-Intentioned Legal and Criminal Justice Policies

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This chapter investigates the consequences of policies for victims of crime using examples drawn from the larger political arena. As the state becomes more involved in regulating citizens' lives, there is a potential for new policies to cause unintended harm to crime victims. The chapter explores dilemmas faced by battered women as a result of new crime prevention policies and legal protections related to public housing, welfare reform, and civil forfeiture cases. Further, using data gathered from women arrested on domestic violence charges, the chapter questions the appropriateness of relying on an incident-driven criminal justice system to determine appropriate responses to the use of force, especially when women's use of force in intimate relationships may be more self-defensive than aggressive.

Keywords: crime victims; battered women; crime prevention; public housing; welfare reform; civil forfeiture; domestic violence; criminal justice; policies

Chapter.  14006 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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