Gender, Psychology, and Justice
This chapter offers an overview of feminist literature on the justice system and highlights the way gender influences legal interventions. The concepts of gender neutrality, gender equality, and chivalry are discussed in the context of family courts and criminal justice settings to demonstrate how gender bias influences decisions such as child custody determinations and the definition of women’s and girls’ behaviors as criminal. This chapter calls attention to the growing involvement of women and girls with the justice system and the need for more research that describes the unique social and health concerns of diverse female populations. Therapeutic jurisprudence and intersectionality are proposed as frameworks for designing and evaluating gender- and culturally sensitive justice interventions.
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