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Legal Responses to Wife Assault
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Legal Responses to Wife Assault
Current Trends and Evaluation

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Domestic Violence

August 1993 | 344 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
While there is an evident trend towards increasing legal responses to wife assault in North America, any change that has occurred has met with controversy, and the challenge remains to improve the circumstances of battered women.

This book offers in-depth coverage of four major themes that address this issue: the historical framework of legal responses to wife assault; police attitudes and action; prosecution, mediation and treatment within the court system; and victims as defendants and participants in the legal system. Each chapter examines past and present policies of a specific branch of the legal system, and discusses their merits and demerits.

 
PART ONE: OVERVIEW
N Zoe Hilton
Introduction
Daniel G Saunders
Husbands Who Assault
Multiple Profiles Requiring Multiple Responses

 
 
PART TWO: POLICE
N Zoe Hilton
Police Intervention and Public Opinion
Peter G Jaffe et al
The Impact of Police Laying Charges
Kathleen J Ferraro and Lucille Pope
Irreconcilable Differences
Battered Women, Police, and the Law

 
 
PART THREE: COURTS
David A Ford and Mary Jean Regoli
The Criminal Prosecution of Wife Assaulters
Process, Problems, and Effects

 
Desmond Ellis
Family Courts, Marital Conflict Mediation, and Wife Assault
L Kevin Hamberger and James E Hastings
Court-Mandated Treatment of Men Who Assault Their Partner
Issues, Controversies, and Outcomes

 
 
PART FOUR: VICTIMS
Lenore E A Walker
Battered Women as Defendants
Alan J Tomkins et al
Self-Defense Jury Instructions in Trials of Battered Women Who Kill Their Partner
 
PART FIVE: SUMMARY
Ronald Roesch, Stephen D Hart and Laurene J Wilson
Legal Responses to Wife Assault
Future Prospects for Intervention and Evaluation

 

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