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The Victimization of WomenLaw, Policies, and Politics$
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Michelle L. Meloy and Susan L. Miller

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199765102

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765102.001.0001

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How Battered Women Lose: Unintended Consequences of Well-Intentioned Legal and Criminal Justice Policies

How Battered Women Lose: Unintended Consequences of Well-Intentioned Legal and Criminal Justice Policies

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(p.117) 6 How Battered Women Lose: Unintended Consequences of Well-Intentioned Legal and Criminal Justice Policies
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The Victimization of Women
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Michelle L. Meloy

Susan L. Miller

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765102.003.0014

This chapter investigates the consequences of policies for victims of crime using examples drawn from the larger political arena. As the state becomes more involved in regulating citizens' lives, there is a potential for new policies to cause unintended harm to crime victims. The chapter explores dilemmas faced by battered women as a result of new crime prevention policies and legal protections related to public housing, welfare reform, and civil forfeiture cases. Further, using data gathered from women arrested on domestic violence charges, the chapter questions the appropriateness of relying on an incident-driven criminal justice system to determine appropriate responses to the use of force, especially when women's use of force in intimate relationships may be more self-defensive than aggressive.

Keywords:   crime victims, battered women, crime prevention, public housing, welfare reform, civil forfeiture, domestic violence, criminal justice, policies

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