Policing 'Domestic' Violence
Women, the Law, and the State
AUTHOR: Edwards, Susan S.
PUBLISHER: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
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Examining police and court practice, the author exposes the ways in which the patriarchal ideology enshrined in the law and the masculine ethos of the police and legal profession ensure that women receive less justice and less protection. She documents in detail the processes by which crimes against women are trivialized.
The book combines a review of international research with the author's own three year exploration of policing in the UK through interviews with officers, observation and a review of record keeping practice. It covers the introduction of new policing policies and offers a preliminary assessment of their success together with practical proposals for the future.
At a theoretical level, Policing Domestic' Violence addresses the key problems of criminality and punishment. Is it possible to reconcile the feminist critique of the marginalization of so-called domestic violence with the radical critique of the punitive system as oppressive and counterproductive? Does the protection of women justify infringement of family privacy?
The book will be read by students of criminology, law, women's studies and sociology, as well as those concerned with policies and practical measures for dealing with violence in the home.
PUBLICATION DATE: 11/1/1989
CATEGORY: Family & Relationships