Feminist Jurisprudence, the Australian Legal System and Intimate Partner Sexual Violence: Fiction Over Fact
Laws 5, 11, 2016, DOI: 10.3390/laws5010011
18 Pages Posted: 5 Mar 2016
Date Written: February 22, 2016
In this paper we briefly focus on intimate partner sexual violence (IPSV) and the Australian legal response, using recent Court judgements and Heather Wishik’s feminist jurisprudence framework for inquiry to guide investigation. The key questions being asked are: (1) What have been and what are now all women’s experiences of IPSV addressed by the substance and process of rape law? (2) What assumptions, descriptions, assertions and/or definitions of consent, corroboration and reporting does the law make in IPSV matters? (3) What is the area of mismatch, distortion or denial created by the differences between women’s life experiences of IPSV coercion and the law’s assumptions or imposed structures? (4) What patriarchal interests are served by the mismatch? The paper concludes with consideration of the limitations and benefits of law reform by reflecting on the findings of the paper.
Keywords: partner rape mythology and law; IPSV myths and law
JEL Classification: K14, K39, K40
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