The Victimization of Women: Law, Policies, and Politics

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Oxford University Press, Dec 24, 2010 - Social Science - 256 pages
In The Victimization of Women, Michelle Meloy and Susan Miller present a balanced and comprehensive summary of the most significant research on the victimizations, violence, and victim politics that disproportionately affect women. They examine the history of violence against women, the surrounding debates, the legal reforms, the related media and social-service responses, and the current science on intimate-partner violence, stalking, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape. They augment these victimization findings with original research on women convicted of domestic battery and men convicted of sexual abuse and other sex-related offenses. In these new data, the authors explore the unanticipated consequences associated with changes to the laws governing domestic violence and the newer forms of sex-offender legislation. Based on qualitative data involving in-depth, offender-based interviews, and analyzing the circumstances surrounding arrests, victimizations, and experiences with the criminal justice system, The Victimization of Women makes great strides forward in understanding and ultimately combating violence against women.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
3
2 Drawing the Contours of Victim Dilemmas
15
An Overview of Legal Empirical and Measurement Issues
37
4 Media Gender and Crime Victims
69
Offenders Speak Out about Their Victims
87
Unintended Consequences of WellIntentioned Legal and Criminal Justice Policies
117
7 Assessing Where We Are Where We Should Go and How Best to Get There
149
Notes
177
References
203
Index
237
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Michelle L. Meloy is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice at Rutgers University, Camden. Susan L. Miller is Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. Her recent books include Victims as Offenders: The Paradox of Women's Violence in Relationships, and Criminal Justice Research and Practice: Diverse Voices from the Field.

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