In the Adopted Land: Abused Immigrant Women and the Criminal Justice System

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2004 - Family & Relationships - 154 pages

This volume details the experiences of Vietnamese immigrant women who have experienced intimate violence in the United States. It focuses on the diversity of their responses to abuse and their various encounters with the criminal justice system and victim service agencies. Also revealed are the effects of traditional culture, acculturation, and economic adaptation on the participation of these women as witnesses in the criminal justice process. It points to the roles of gender, economic power, legal status, and the organizational structure of the criminal justice system in shaping the experiences of women charged with domestic violence. The limitations of the criminal justice are exposed when it fails to provide abused women with long term protection, forces women to choose between personal safety and family life, and allows domestic violence laws to reinforce male domination.

This work is among the few that highlights the need for more research into how the United States criminal justice system's policies affect abused Vietnamese immigrant women's safety and family lives. It incorporates interviews from women living in various communities in the United States. Professionals, victim advocates, social scientists, and students in criminal justice, justice studies, women's studies, and social work programs will all benefit from this insightful book.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
FAMILY LIVES IN TRANSITION
17
CONTACTS WITH CRIMINAL JUSTICE AGENCIES
45
WHEN VICTIMS BECOME OFFENDERS
71
WOMENS SAFETY AND FAMILY LIFE
93
WOMENS DIFFERENCES AND SOCIAL POLICIES
113
ABOUT THE STUDY
127
ATTITUDES OF VIETNAMESE AMERICANS TOWARD INTIMATE VIOLENCE POLICIES
137
BIBLIOGRAPHY
139
INDEX
151
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About the author (2004)

HOAN N. BUI is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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