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Prosecuting Domestic Violence: A Philosophical Analysis

Michelle Madden Dempsey


What should public prosecutors do when victims withdraw support for domestic violence prosecutions? This book defends the claim that (within the realm of justified/permissible action) prosecutors should respond effectively; which is to say that ceteris paribus domestic-violence prosecutors should respond as feminists. This claim is intended as a provocative formulation of the proposition that domestic violence prosecutors should act for reasons generated by the value of reconstituting their states (and communities) as less patriarchal. In defending this claim, the book first sets out a general ... More

Keywords: prosecutorial discretion, prosecution, criminal justice, domestic violence, feminism, feminist character

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199562169
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562169.001.1


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michelle Madden Dempsey, author
Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford