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A Troubled Marriage: Domestic Violence and the Legal System

Leigh Goodmark


The development of a legal regime to combat domestic violence in the United States has been lauded as one of the feminist movement's greatest triumphs. This book argues, however, that the resulting system is deeply flawed in ways that prevent it from assisting many women subjected to abuse. The current legal response to domestic violence is excessively focused on physical violence; this narrow definition of abuse fails to provide protection from behaviors that are profoundly damaging, including psychological, economic, and reproductive abuse. The system uses mandatory policies that deny women ... More

Keywords: domestic violence, physical violence, women, legal regime, justice, men, community accountability, anti-essentialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780814732229
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814732229.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leigh Goodmark, author