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NCJ Number: 229559 Find in a Library
Title: Ability of Criminal Law to Produce Gender Equality: Judicial Discourses in the Swedish Criminal Legal System
Journal: Violence Against Women  Volume:16  Issue:2  Dated:February 2010  Pages:173-188
Author(s): Monica Burman
Date Published: February 2010
Page Count: 16
Document: HTML (Publisher Site)
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines the effect of Swedish laws designed to protect women exposed to domestic violence.
Abstract: The main aim of the Swedish Women's Peace reform in 1998 was to enhance criminal legal protection for women exposed to violence in heterosexual relationships and to promote gender equality. However, these ambitions risk being contravened in a masculinist criminal legal system. One problem concerns how the victim is constructed in criminal legal cases. The author argues that moral balancing and discourses of responsibility and guilt in Swedish cases constrain the agency possible for women and suggest that a more comprehensive policy in Sweden must be developed to include violent men, their agency, and their responsibility for the violence. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Domestic assault
Index Term(s): Gender issues; Laws and Statutes; Legal doctrines; Policy; Sweden
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