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NCJ Number: 120067 Find in a Library
Title: Voices Set Free: Battered Women Speak From Prison
Author(s): L Bauschard; M Kimbrough
Date Published: 1986
Page Count: 161
Sponsoring Agency: Women's Self Help Ctr
St. Louis, MO 63103
Sale Source: Women's Self Help Ctr
2838 Olive Street
St. Louis, MO 63103
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In this book, abused women who were charged with felonies tell their stories of the physical, psychological, emotional, and sexual battering they endured.
Abstract: Bureau of Justice statistics show that approximately 456,000 instances of domestic violence are reported every year. Of that number, more than half of the assaults are committed by a spouse or ex-spouse. Some victims of battering, punished for striking back in self defense, are serving time behind the walls of prison. Their peers have found them guilty of murder or manslaughter. Not all were battered by their husbands or only by their husbands. But so prevalent is abuse within marriage that the high incidence of female-beating may be viewed as a terrible microcosm of all domestic violence -- whether by a parent, a lover, a spouse, or even an offspring. The incidence of reported violence by male against female within a living situation and an erratic "justice" toward those who retaliate warrants further investigation. Bibliography.
Main Term(s): Battered wives
Index Term(s): Battered women programs; Crimes of passion; Female offenders
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