Toward a Feminist State: What Does Effective Prosecution of Domestic Violence Mean?

28 Pages Posted: 26 Oct 2007

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Abstract

This article examines domestic violence criminal prosecutions and addresses what 'effective' prosecutorial action means in such cases. The argument elaborates on a point recently articulated by the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, which links effective prosecution of violence against women to the creation of a less patriarchal society. The article concludes that 'effective' prosecution of domestic violence means prosecution which constitutes the State as less patriarchal ceteris paribus.

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Dempsey, Michelle Madden, Toward a Feminist State: What Does Effective Prosecution of Domestic Violence Mean?. Modern Law Review, Vol. 70, No. 6, pp. 908-935, November 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1024343 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2230.2007.00670.x

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Villanova University School of Law ( email )

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