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From Protection to Punishment: Post-Conviction Barriers to Justice for Domestic Violence Survivor-Defendants in New York State


Tamar Kraft-Stolar


affiliation not provided to SSRN

Elizabeth Brundige


affiliation not provided to SSRN

Sital Kalantry


Cornell University - Law School

Jocelyn E. Getgen


Cornell University - School of Law

June 7, 2011

Cornell Legal Studies Research Paper No. 11-21

Abstract:     
Over the past 30 years, domestic violence has been increasingly recognized as a national epidemic. Although significant reforms are still needed, New York, along with many other states, has made important advances in the fight against domestic abuse. These advances, however, have stopped short of reforming the way the criminal justice system responds to survivors who engage in illegal acts to protect themselves from an abuser. Too often, the system responds to such women solely as perpetrators – not survivors – of violence, sending them to prison for long periods of time with little chance for early release. In the cruelest of ironies, these punishments are inflicted on survivors by the very system that should have helped protect them in the first place. As efforts to eliminate domestic violence move forward, it is critical that the experiences of survivor-defendants are heard and respected, and that the challenges they face are not overlooked. This report analyzes those challenges and presents concrete suggestions for reform.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 47

Keywords: domestic violence, survivors, reforms, abuse, criminal justice system

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Date posted: June 20, 2011  

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Kraft-Stolar, Tamar and Brundige, Elizabeth and Kalantry, Sital and Getgen, Jocelyn E., From Protection to Punishment: Post-Conviction Barriers to Justice for Domestic Violence Survivor-Defendants in New York State (June 7, 2011). Cornell Legal Studies Research Paper No. 11-21. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1861305 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1861305

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Tamar Kraft-Stolar
affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )
Elizabeth Brundige
affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )
Sital Kalantry (Contact Author)
Cornell University - Law School ( email )
524 College Ave
Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
United States
Jocelyn E. Getgen
Cornell University - School of Law ( email )
524 College Ave
Myron Taylor Hall
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