Insult to Injury: Rethinking our Responses to Intimate Abuse

Insult to Injury: Rethinking our Responses to Intimate Abuse

by Linda G. Mills
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691127727

ISBN-13: 9780691127729

Pub. Date: 08/21/2006

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Locking up men who beat their partners sounds like a tremendous improvement over the days when men could hit women with impunity and women fearing for their lives could expect no help from authorities. But does our system of requiring the arrest, prosecution, and incarceration of abusers lessen domestic violence or help battered women? In this already controversial

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Locking up men who beat their partners sounds like a tremendous improvement over the days when men could hit women with impunity and women fearing for their lives could expect no help from authorities. But does our system of requiring the arrest, prosecution, and incarceration of abusers lessen domestic violence or help battered women? In this already controversial but vitally important book, we learn that the criminal justice system may actually be making the problem of domestic violence worse. Looking honestly at uncomfortable facts, Linda Mills makes the case for a complete overhaul and presents a promising alternative.

The evidence turns up some surprising facts about the complexities of intimate abuse, facts that run against mainstream assumptions: The current system robs battered women of what power they do hold. Perhaps as many as half of women in abusive relationships stay in them for strong cultural, economic, religious, or emotional reasons. Jailing their partners often makes their situations worse. Women are at least as physically violent and emotionally aggressive as are men toward women, and women's aggression is often central to the dynamic of intimate abuse.

Informed by compelling evidence, personal experience, and what abused women themselves say about their needs, Mills proposes no less than a fundamentally new system. Addressing the real dynamics of intimate abuse and incorporating proven methods of restorative justice, Mills's approach focuses on healing and transformation rather than shame or punishment. Already the subject of heated controversy, Insult to Injury offers a desperately needed and powerful means for using what we know to reduce violence in our homes.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691127729
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
08/21/2006
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,420,131
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents


Giving Thanks xi

Prologue 1

PART I: Rethinking Our Responses to Intimate Abuse

One: The Ground Zero of Intimate Abuse 19

Two: Mandatory Policies as Crime Reduction Strategies: Do They Work? 22

Three: Power over Women in Abusive Relationships 50

Four: Are Women as Aggressive as Men? 67

PART II: Fixing the Failures

Five: The Dynamic of Intimate Abuse 87

Six: Changing the System 101

Seven: Learning to Listen to Narratives of Intimate Abuse 119

Eight: A Better Way 134

Notes 149

Index 171

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