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The Politicization of Safety: Critical Perspectives on Domestic Violence Responses

Jane Stoever


Domestic violence is commonly assumed to be a bipartisan, nonpolitical issue, with politicians welcoming headlines saying they are working against family violence. Nevertheless, the Violence Against Women Act expired for over 500 days between 2012 and 2013 due to disagreements between the U.S. Senate and House, demonstrating that legal protections for survivors of domestic abuse are both highly political and highly vulnerable. Racial and gender politics, the move toward criminalization, reproductive justice concerns, gun control debates, and other factors and political interests are increasing ... More

Keywords: domestic violence, domestic abuse, politics, reproductive justice, gender politics, discrimination, police-perpetrated domestic abuse

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781479805648
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479805648.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jane Stoever, author
University of California, Irvine

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Front Matter


Jane K. Stoever

Part I The Politics of Safety and Justice

Part II Multiple Systems, Standards, and Dilemmas

4 Battering Court Syndrome

Alisa Bierria and Colby Lenz

Part III Intersectional Needs for Safety and Justice

8 A Fraught Pairing

Natalie Nanasi

Part IV Militarization, Firearms, and the Family

Part V Moving Forward with a Critical Lens