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NCJ Number: 183008 Find in a Library
Title: Battered Women in the Courtroom: The Power of Judicial Responses
Author(s): James Ptacek
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 252
Sponsoring Agency: Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation
New York, NY 10015
Northeastern University Press
Boston, MA 02115
Publication Number: ISBN 1-55553-390-6
Sale Source: Northeastern University Press
Managing Manager
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book examines the ways in which judges respond to abused women who seek legal redress.
Abstract: This investigation of women, violence and the courts centers on encounters between women and judges in restraining order hearings in Massachusetts, one of the first States to offer new civil and criminal options to victims of abusive behavior. The book questions whether judges still respond to abused women with indifference or impatience, as they have in the past, or treat battering as a serious crime. It examines the types of violence that women report to the courts, analyzes how judges exercise their authority in restraining order hearings, reviews how they perceive their role in negotiations with women, and studies their impact on women’s efforts to escape the social entrapment of violence. In addition, it discusses class, race, and research on woman battering. The book exposes many of the myths and dilemmas about the abuse of women and offers insights into the power of judges to encourage or discourage women from claiming their rights. Notes, tables, figures, references, appendix, index
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Abused women; Female victims; Judges; Judicial attitudes; Judicial performance evaluation; Judicial process; Legal remedies for battered women; Massachusetts; State courts
Note: Northeastern Series on Gender, Crime, and Law
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