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Friday, June 26, 2015

Coker & Macquoid on Intimate Partner Violence

Donna Coker and Ahjane Macquoid (University of Miami School of Law and Independent) have posted Alternative U.S. Responses to Intimate Partner Violence (in COMPARATIVE APPROACHES TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (Rashmi Goel and Leigh Goodmark eds. 2015) Oxford University Press, Forthcoming) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

The crime-centric approaches that characterize the dominant U.S. response to intimate partner violence (IPV) fail to adequately address the structural inequalities that create and maintain IPV and, simultaneously, often increases state control of people who are structurally vulnerable – poor women and men, particularly women and men of color, LGBT individuals and undocumented immigrants. 

But the dominant picture is not the whole picture. There are service providers and activists who labor to provide alternative programs and approaches.

We describe a number of these programs and organizations in this chapter in the forthcoming book, Comparative Approaches to Domestic Violence. Restorative Justice (“RJ”) and Transformative Justice (“TJ”) programs offer alternatives to punitive policies. Critical treatment programs raise consciousness about the interlocking nature of systems of oppression (of race/class/gender/ heterosexism) to bring about not only personal change, but collective action for social change. Bystander education programs, programs that organize men to oppose violence against women, and critical treatment programs seek to redefine masculinities in opposition to gender hierarchies. Grassroots organizing strategies are similarly directed at changing the structural inequalities that create and maintain IPV.

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