How does the US legal system respond to domestic violence? What are the problems? How could it be improved? This Public Lecture by Professor Leigh Goodmark discusses these questions.
Professor Goodmark is a lawyer and author who came to Australia in August 2015 to discuss her research and practice experience. Professor Goodmark’s scholarship focuses on
- legal and justice responses to violence against women
- reconstructing legal responses to domestic violence, and
- finding “justice beyond the justice system” for women who struggle to find redress from within the justice system.
In her wide-ranging lecture, she touched on (this list is not comprehensive) —
- problematic stereotypes of women who experience violence (e.g. ‘battered women syndrome’, ‘trauma bonding’),
- how the legal system privileges physical abuse and doesn’t sufficiently address psychological abuse, financial abuse, spiritual abuse, social abuse (isolation) and reproductive abuse,
- the US Government’s ‘Violence Against Women’ Act — its history, outcomes and problems,
- how all the legal…
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