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NCJ Number: 170621 Find in a Library
Title: Woman Battering and Criminal Justice (From Rural Woman Battering and the Justice System: An Ethnography, P 66-90, 1998 - See NCJ-170618)
Author(s): N Websdale
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 25
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The phenomenon of woman abuse is introduced by exploring its historical and political construction as a social problem, research on the criminal justice system response to domestic violence and on rural woman battering in Kentucky and elsewhere is examined.
Abstract: Laws were passed by Puritan colonies in the 1600s against domestic violence. Family violence was typically associated with impoverished immigrant families, and this association fed into the hegemonic depiction of these families as pathological or out of step with mainstream white Protestant mores. The phenomenon of family violence is seen differently at historical points in time. At times, child abuse is a prominent part of the family violence discourse, while wife abuse is of paramount importance at other times. Some researchers focus on a constellation of abusive relationships within the family, including violence between siblings, parental violence toward young children and teenagers, physical abuse and neglect of the elderly, courtship violence, and violence between intimate partners. Feminist perspectives on family violence challenge the accuracy of the argument that husbands and wives engage in similar amounts of violence. Feminist researchers are more apt to use the term "woman battering" because it better conveys the gendered asymmetry of violence between adult partners in intimate relationships. The framing of woman battering within the context of patriarchal relations is also supported by research. The author focuses on intrafamilial male violence and emotional abuse directed at women and contends such abuse is the most significant form of adult interpersonal abuse in rural families. He highlights the need for more research on rural law enforcement and judicial responses to woman battering. 17 notes
Main Term(s): Female victims
Index Term(s): Abused women; Abusing spouses; Battered wives; Crime in small towns; Domestic assault; Emotional Abuse/Harm; Feminism; Gender issues; History of criminal justice; Kentucky; Rural area studies; Rural crime; Rural policing; Social conditions; Victims of violent crime; Violent men
Note: Sage Series on Violence Against Women
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