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NCJ Number: 170623 Find in a Library
Title: Courting Revictimization: The Courts and Rural Woman Battering (From Rural Woman Battering and the Justice System: An Ethnography, P 127-158, 1998 - See NCJ-170618)
Author(s): N Websdale
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 32
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: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The role of the courts and domestic violence law in Kentucky in dealing with rural woman battering is addressed, and the phenomenon of rural woman battering is considered to be at the intersection of a complex array of social forces.
Abstract: On the one hand, rural battered women clearly negotiate their relationships with the legal system in general and the courts in particular. On another level, rural battered women are subject to structural forces over which they have little control. These forces result from masculinist strictures of domestic violence law and from multiple layers of cultural prescriptions and social expectations that are directly related to the rural sociocultural milieu itself. Ways in which rural battered women negotiate the courts are described, and structural themes that tend to undermine women's resistance are examined. Rural women's overall perceptions of judicial performance are considered as they relate to the rudeness of judges, the sentencing of feuding couples to church, the failure of judges to appreciate the complex difficulties faced by battered women, and the social connections between abusers and judges. The author concludes that women do have a say in Kentucky courts and that many women report favorable outcomes, even though Kentucky law treats woman battering as only a misdemeanor offense. He notes, however, that Kentucky law and the courts offer women a limited number of options. 15 notes
Main Term(s): State courts
Index Term(s): Abused women; Battered wives; Crime in small towns; Domestic assault; Female victims; Kentucky; Municipal courts; Rural area studies; Rural crime; Social conditions; State laws; Victims of violent crime; Violent men
Note: Sage Series on Violence Against Women
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