A House Divided: Mandatory Arrest, Domestic Violence, and the Conservatization of the Battered Women's Movement
87 Pages Posted: 30 Jan 2007
Using the prism of mandatory arrest in domestic violence cases, Professor Miccio engages an interdisciplinary approach in analyzing of a shift in the modern battered women's movement which embraces a conservative ideology on the issue of women's resistance and survival. Drawing from history, political, philosophical and legal theory, Miccio makes a compelling case as to how the right wing of the movement, which she terms the Protagonists - have distorted the ideological basis for mandatory arrest - in crafting conceptions of individual and collective responsibility. Miccio draws from the Holocaust philosophers in arguing that battered women are moral agents even when refusing to leave an abusive relationship or in refusing to align with mandatory arrest. This article provides an exacting historical analysis which reconnects mandatory arrest with its historical moorings while raising critical theoretical and moral questions about the power of the state over the individual.
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