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NCJ Number: 121616 Find in a Library
Title: Policing 'Domestic' Violence: Women, the Law and the State
Author(s): S S M Edwards
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 259
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Publication Number: ISBN 0-8039-8033-7
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book details historical and present-day legal and criminal justice policies towards battered women, with special emphasis on the situation of English women victims.
Abstract: The British legal and political climate has traditionally over-enforced public crime and failed to enforce private crime among spouses and co-habitees. Police have discretion in law enforcement and are reluctant to intervene in domestic violence, even though domestic violence often leads to homicide. Additionally, police often do not report spousal assault as crime, thus skewing statistics on the numbers of women suffering from domestic violence. Reports from women victims themselves indicate that many women suffer domestic assault and are in fear. While recent changes in British criminal justice law and policy would appear to be helpful to battered women, real progress cannot occur until societal perceptions of the role of women are modified, and women are protected by law from violence in their own homes.
Main Term(s): Abused women
Index Term(s): Crime in foreign countries; Foreign police/community relations; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Personal crime victims
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