Free Battered Women

Linda Field and Andrea Bible

in Interrupted Life

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780520252493
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944565 | DOI:
Free Battered Women

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Of the nearly 12,000 women incarcerated in California's state prisons in 2007, the vast majority have survived physical, sexual, emotional, and economic abuse by an intimate partner before entering prison. A disproportionate number are women of color whose efforts to gain and maintain a sense of safety for themselves and their children were systematically blocked by the institutional racism and other forms of oppression that they had experienced throughout their lives. Free Battered Women (FBW) works to end the revictimization of incarcerated survivors of domestic violence as part of the movement for racial justice and the struggle to resist all forms of intimate partner violence against women and transgendered people. After many years, society finally has recognized the experiences of battered women in prison. The legislature in California and in many other states now acknowledge that something has to be done for battered women who were incarcerated before the present laws came into effect. The California Habeas Project has become a light in the darkness for wrongfully incarcerated women.

Keywords: Free Battered Women; domestic violence; incarcerated women; California; battered women; racial justice; women of color; racism

Chapter.  1100 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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