Prosecuting Domestic Abuse in Neoliberal Times

Prosecuting Domestic Abuse in Neoliberal Times Amplifying the Survivor's Voice - Palgrave Socio-Legal Studies

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This book argues that past inattentive treatment by state criminal justice agencies in relation to domestic abuse is now being self-consciously reversed by neoliberal governing agendas intent on denouncing crime and holding offenders to account. Criminal prosecutions are key to the UK government's strategy to end Violence Against Women and Girls. Crown Prosecution Service policy affirms that domestic abuse offences are 'particularly serious' and prosecutors are reminded that it will be rare that the 'public interest' will not require of such offences through the criminal courts. Seeking to unpick some of the discourses and perspectives that may have contributed to the current prosecutorial commitment, the book considers its emergence within the context of the women's movement, feminist scholarship and an era of neoliberalism. Three empirical chapters explore the prosecution commitment on the one hand, and the impact on women's lives on the other. The book's final substantive chapter offers a distinctive normative conceptual framework through which practitioners may think about women who have experienced domestic abuse that will have both intellectual appeal and practical application.

Book information

ISBN: 9783030613686
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Pub date:
DEWEY: 362.8292
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 249
Weight: 565g
Height: 235mm
Width: 155mm
Spine width: 16mm