Legal Responses to Wife Assault: Current Trends and Evaluation

Legal Responses to Wife Assault: Current Trends and Evaluation

By: N. Zoe Hilton (editor)Paperback

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While there is an evident trend towards increasing legal responses to wife assault in North America, any change that has occurred has met with controversy, and the challenge remains to improve the circumstances of battered women. This book offers in-depth coverage of four major themes that address this issue: the historical framework of legal responses to wife assault; police attitudes and action; prosecution, mediation and treatment within the court system; and victims as defendants and participants in the legal system. Each chapter examines past and present policies of a specific branch of the legal system, and discusses their merits and demerits.


PART ONE: OVERVIEWIntroduction - N Zoe HiltonHusbands Who Assault - Daniel G Saunders Multiple Profiles Requiring Multiple ResponsesPART TWO: POLICEPolice Intervention and Public Opinion - N Zoe HiltonThe Impact of Police Laying Charges - Peter G Jaffe et alIrreconcilable Differences - Kathleen J Ferraro and Lucille Pope Battered Women, Police, and the LawPART THREE: COURTSThe Criminal Prosecution of Wife Assaulters - David A Ford and Mary Jean Regoli Process, Problems, and EffectsFamily Courts, Marital Conflict Mediation, and Wife Assault - Desmond EllisCourt-Mandated Treatment of Men Who Assault Their Partner - L Kevin Hamberger and James E Hastings Issues, Controversies, and OutcomesPART FOUR: VICTIMSBattered Women as Defendants - Lenore E A WalkerSelf-Defense Jury Instructions in Trials of Battered Women Who Kill Their Partner - Alan J Tomkins et alPART FIVE: SUMMARYLegal Responses to Wife Assault - Ronald Roesch, Stephen D Hart and Laurene J Wilson Future Prospects for Intervention and Evaluation

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780803945531
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 344
  • ID: 9780803945531
  • ISBN10: 0803945531

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