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Domestic Violence and the Law

Posted: 19 Oct 2000  

Sarah M. Buel

Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law


This essay reflects on the family law practitioner's response to domestic violence issues over the past few decades. The author notes some progress while remaining deeply concerned that many lawyers have yet to embrace even the most basic tenets of victim safety and offender accountability. The result is that much the same focus and discourse must continue into the next century, albeit with a generally more informed bar. Lawyers' efforts must focus on the means of a coordinated community response to prevent and, when necessary, intervene effectively in violent incidents. Such efforts must balance victim safety with the offender's civil liberties, carefully weighing the state's interest in averting family violence.

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Buel, Sarah M., Domestic Violence and the Law. Family Law Quarterly, Vol. 33, No. 3, Fall 1999 (Published Jan. 28, 2000). Available at SSRN:

Sarah M. Buel (Contact Author)

Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law ( email )

Box 877906
Tempe, AZ 85287-7906
United States

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