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Monday, November 21, 2011

Kinports on Feminist Prosecutors Fighting Domestic Violence Cases

Kit Kinports (The Pennsylvania State University)

Kit Kinports (The Pennsylvania State University) has posted Feminist Prosecutors and Patriarchal States (Criminal Law & Philosophy) on SSRN.  Here is the abstract: 

In Prosecuting Domestic Violence: A Philosophical Analysis, Michelle Dempsey focuses on the dilemma prosecutors face when domestic violence victims are unwilling to cooperate in the criminal prosecution of their abusive partners. Starting from the premise that the ultimate goal should be putting an end to domestic violence, Dempsey urges prosecutors to act as feminists in deciding how to proceed in such cases. Doing so, Dempsey argues, will tend to make the character of the prosecutor’s community and state less patriarchal and thus help stamp out domestic violence. This article analyzes two issues arising from Dempsey’s work: first, whether prosecutors can justifiably be viewed as representatives of their states and communities; and, second, how prosecutors committed to using their discretion to battle both domestic violence and patriarchy would go about determining in a particular case whether to pursue criminal charges against the wishes of a victim.

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It's not just about the women.... the children that view domestic violence are even a bigger problem.

If we can help children from homes of domestic violence we can have the biggest long term change. More than 80% of boys and 77% of girls who experience domestic violence as children go on to repeat it as adults, studies show. These individuals are six times more likely to commit suicide, 50 times more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol and ultimately perpetuate the cycle of violence that leads to an untold loss of human potential. More than 90% of prisoners in the U.S. experienced domestic violence as children. (Data from Makers of Memories Foundation)

More alarming statistics here -

Posted by: Makers of Memories Foundation | Nov 22, 2011 2:08:05 PM

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