By Leigh Goodmark
Choice's remarkable educational name checklist for 2013 the improvement of a criminal regime to wrestle household violence within the usa has been lauded as one of many feminist movement's maximum triumphs. yet, Leigh Goodmark argues, the ensuing method is deeply incorrect in ways in which hinder it from aiding many girls subjected to abuse. the present criminal reaction to family violence is excessively interested by actual violence; this slender definition of abuse fails to supply security from behaviors which are profoundly destructive, together with mental, financial, and reproductive abuse. The process makes use of obligatory rules that deny ladies subjected to abuse autonomy and employer, substituting the state's priorities for women's targets. A Marriage is a provocative exploration of ways the felony system's reaction to household violence built, why that reaction is defective, and what we must always do to alter it. Goodmark argues for an anti-essentialist method, which might outline abuse and allocate energy in a way aware of the stories, targets, wishes and priorities of person ladies. Theoretically wealthy but conversational, A Marriage imagines a felony approach according to anti-essentialist ideas and indicates how you can glance past the method to assist girls locate justice and monetary balance, have interaction males within the fight to finish abuse, and strengthen group responsibility for abuse.
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A Troubled Marriage: Domestic Violence and the Legal System by Leigh Goodmark