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Prosecuting Domestic Abuse in Neoliberal Times: Amplifying the Survivor’s Voice

Porter, Antonia (2020) Prosecuting Domestic Abuse in Neoliberal Times: Amplifying the Survivor’s Voice. Palgrave Macmillan ISBN 978-3-030-61368-6. E-ISBN 978-3-030-61369-3. (doi:10.1007/978-3-030-61369-3) (KAR id:87128)

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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 pursuance of such offences through the criminal courts. The 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.

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.

Item Type: Book
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/978-3-030-61369-3
Uncontrolled keywords: Crown Prosecution Service, Domestic Abuse, Gender, Neoliberalism, Criminal Law
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Edward Skeates
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2021 15:00 UTC
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2021 00:00 UTC
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