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Domestic violence

Jonathan Herring

in Family Law

Published in print February 2014 | ISBN: 9780199668526
Published online February 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780191779657 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780199668526.003.0003

Series: Very Short Introductions

Domestic violence

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‘Domestic violence’ looks at the view of domestic abuse in family law. The law in all jurisdictions has been reluctant to interfere in cases of domestic violence. In the last few decades, the law has begun to accept that this issue is a major social problem that needs a legal reaction. There is no solid definition of domestic violence. A definition should include emotional and financial abuse. Domestic violence is not restricted to a cohabiting couple, but includes all those who live in an intimate relationship. The notion of inequality in a relationship is an important consideration in defining domestic violence.

Keywords: abuse; criminal law; domestic violence; family law; human rights

Chapter.  4418 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Family Law

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