A look at gun control, campus sexual assault, immigration, and more that considers the future of responses to domestic violence
Domestic violence is commonly assumed to be a bipartisan, nonpolitical issue, with politicians of all stripes claiming to work to end family violence. Nevertheless, the Violence Against Women Act expired for over 500 days between 2012 and 2013 due to differences between the U.S. Senate and House, demonstrating that legal protections for domestic abuse survivors are both highly political and highly vulnerable. Racial and gender politics, the move toward criminalization, reproductive justice concerns, gun control debates, and political interests are increasingly shaping responses to domestic violence, demonstrating the need for greater consideration of the interplay of politics, domestic violence, and how the law works in people’s lives.
The Politicization of Safety provides a critical historical perspective on domestic violence responses in the United States. It grapples with the ways in which child welfare systems and civil and criminal justice responses intersect, and considers the different, overlapping ways in which survivors of domestic abuse are forced to cope with institutionalized discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, and immigration status. The book also examines movement politics and the feminist movement with respect to domestic violence policies. The tensions discussed in this book, similar to those involved in the #metoo movement, include questions of accountability, reckoning, redemption, healing, and forgiveness.
What is the future of feminism and the movements against gender-based violence and domestic violence? Readers are invited to question assumptions about how society and the legal system respond to intimate partner violence and to challenge the domestic violence field to move beyond old paradigms and contend with larger justice issues.
About the Author
Jane K. Stoever is Professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, where she directs the Domestic Violence Clinic.
Table of Contents
Introduction Jane K. Stoever 1
Part I The Politics Of Safety And Justice
1 The Coupling and Decoupling of Safety and Crime Control: An Anti-Violence Movement Timeline Mimi E. Kim 15
2 The Politicization of Domestic Violence Deborah M. Weissman
3 Empowerment Politics and Access to Justice Elizabeth L. MacDowell 62
Part II Multiple Systems, Standards, And Dilemmas
4 Battering Court Syndrome: A Structural Critique of "Failure to Protect" Alisa Bierria Colby Lenz 91
5 Parental Love and Purposeful Violence Cynthia Godsoe 119
6 Specializing Justice for Youth and Families: Intervening in Family Violence or Expanding the Carceral Net? Amy M. Magnus 151
Part III Inter Sectional Needs For Safety And Justice
7 Feminist Response to Campus Sexual Assault in the Republican Era: Crime Logic, Intersectional Public Health, and Restorative Justice Donna Coker 171
8 A Fraught Pairing: Immigrant Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence and Law Enforcement Natalie Nanasi 202
Part IV Militarization, Firearms, And The Family
9 Politics, Safety, and Officer-Involved Intimate Partner Violence Leigh Goodmark 227
10 Playing Politics with Firearms and Family Violence Jane K. Stoever 246
11 Preventing Ordinary and Extraordinary Violence Mary D. Fan 272
Part V Moving Forward With A Critical Lens
12 Is Domestic Violence Politicized Too Narrowly? Jamie R. Abrams 303
13 Harm Reduction in the Domestic Violence Context Courtney Cross 332
14 Developing a National Plan of Action on Violence against Women and Gender Violence: A Human Rights Approach Caroline Bettinger-López 362
About the Editor 379
About the Contributors 381