Prosecuting Domestic Violence

A Philosophical Analysis

What should public prosecutors do when victims withdraw support for domestic violence prosecutions? The answer to this question that motivates the investigation undertaken in this book defends the claim that (other things being equal) domestic violence prosecutors should respond as feminists. Les mer
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What should public prosecutors do when victims withdraw support for domestic violence prosecutions? The answer to this question that motivates the investigation undertaken in this book defends the claim that (other things being equal) domestic violence prosecutors should respond as feminists.

This claim is intended as a provocative formulation of the proposition that domestic violence prosecutors should act for reasons generated by the value of reconstituting communities as less patriarchal.

This thesis is defended first by developing a general theory of prosecutorial practical reasoning, and then by considering the prosecution of domestic violence offences in particular. Along the way, this book provides an original account of the nature of prosecutorial action, the values that can be realised through such action, and the relationship between these values and the practical reasoning of criminal prosecutors.

Moreover, it provides original analyses of two key concepts, domestic violence and patriarchy, and explains the relevance of the latter to a proper understanding of the former.

These insights are put to work in answering the motivating question stated above, and provide answers both in terms of what prosecutors would be justified in doing, and what prosecutors should do in order to be effective

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Innholdsfortegnelse

PART I SOME PRELIMINARY CONSIDERATIONS ; 1. Introduction ; 2. Wrong Turns on the Way to an Answer ; PART II A FRESH START ; 3. Prosecutors: What They Are and What They Do ; 4. Prosecutorial Action and Value ; 5. Reasons for Prosecutors ; PART III CONSIDERING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ; 6. What Counts as Domestic Violence? ; 7. Patriarchy ; 8. Domestic-violence Prosecution: Justification and Effectiveness ; 9. Victims and Prosecutions ; 10. Conclusion

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Michelle Madden Dempsey, D.Phil (Oxon, 2007), LL.M. (Dist., LSE, 2002), J.D. (Michigan, 1996), B.A. (Philosophy, Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1994), is a CUF lecturer and tutorial fellow at Worcester college, where she teaches criminal law and jurisprudence. Formerly, she was a tutor in law at University College London and an Adjunct Professor of Law at DePaul College of Law in Chicago. Before that, Michelle served as a domestic violence criminal prosecutor and a
civil trial lawyer in the U.S.