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In Their Own Words: Battered Women’s Assessment of the Criminal Processing System’s Responses

In Their Own Words: Battered Women’s Assessment of the Criminal Processing System’s Responses Viobme and victims, VoL 13, No. 3,1998 8 1998 Springer Publishing Company In Their Own Words: Battered Women's Assessment of the Criminal Processing System's Responses Edna Ere2 Kent State University Joanne Belknap Uroiversiq of Colorado at Boulder The questions most frequently posed about the behavior of bwered women are "Why do they stay?" and "Why don't they cooperate with the people trying to help them?" These questions are asked not only by the public at large, but also by criminal -sing1 agents (e.g., policd officers, prosecutors, d judges). and even by banered women's advocates. In response to these questions, it is important to acknowledge that many battered women do leave, some at the beginning and others in the later stages of abusive relation- ship. But a more fruitful approach for understanding the dynamics of staying, leaving and cooperating is to ask "What happens when battered women by to leave?" and "Why are violent men allowed to stay?" (see Hoff, 1990; Jones, 1994; Mahoney, 1991). Research on woman battering has established that the most dangerous and lethal situa- tions are when the women try to leave (e.g., Campbell, 1992; money, 1991 1. This phe nomenon is so cwnmon that it http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Violence and Victims Springer Publishing

In Their Own Words: Battered Women’s Assessment of the Criminal Processing System’s Responses

Violence and Victims , Volume 13 (3): 18 – Jan 1, 1998

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Springer Publishing
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0886-6708
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Viobme and victims, VoL 13, No. 3,1998 8 1998 Springer Publishing Company In Their Own Words: Battered Women's Assessment of the Criminal Processing System's Responses Edna Ere2 Kent State University Joanne Belknap Uroiversiq of Colorado at Boulder The questions most frequently posed about the behavior of bwered women are "Why do they stay?" and "Why don't they cooperate with the people trying to help them?" These questions are asked not only by the public at large, but also by criminal -sing1 agents (e.g., policd officers, prosecutors, d judges). and even by banered women's advocates. In response to these questions, it is important to acknowledge that many battered women do leave, some at the beginning and others in the later stages of abusive relation- ship. But a more fruitful approach for understanding the dynamics of staying, leaving and cooperating is to ask "What happens when battered women by to leave?" and "Why are violent men allowed to stay?" (see Hoff, 1990; Jones, 1994; Mahoney, 1991). Research on woman battering has established that the most dangerous and lethal situa- tions are when the women try to leave (e.g., Campbell, 1992; money, 1991 1. This phe nomenon is so cwnmon that it

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