The mission is to foster coordination and collaboration and to enhance and improve consistency in the collection and reporting of Federal data on children and families. The Forum also aims to improve the reporting and dissemination of information on the status of children and families, Washington, DC. Funded by the Bureau of Justice Statisticsthe purpose of the Center is to provide information to researchers, practitioners and members of the public interested in finding, using, or understanding domestic and sexual violence and stalking data.
An In-Depth Analysis Cathy Young There is a widespread belief that the justice system in the United States did not begin to address the problem of domestic violence until quite recently. In fact, the very first laws in colonial-era America forbade wifebeating.
The "Body of Liberties" adopted by the Massachusetts Bay colonists in stated, "Every married woman shall be free from bodily correction or stripes by her husband, unless it be in his own defense upon her assault.
Much attention has been drawn to the fact that in the 19th century, rulings by two appellate courts in the U. While there were no specific domestic violence laws, domestic assaults could be and were prosecuted under assault and battery statutes.
At the turn of the century, state legislation in Maryland, Delaware, and Oregon introduced flogging as a penalty for wife abusers. A similar federal law was considered by the U.
Congress though ultimately rejected in -- nearly nine decades before the passage of the first federal law dealing with domestic violence, the Violence Against Women Act.
At the same time, there is no denying that the treatment of domestic violence by police and the courts for much of our history was very flawed. In many cases, district attorneys did not want to prosecute domestic violence cases because it was felt that putting the family wage-earner in jail would leave the wife and children destitute; as a result, the police were reluctant to arrest abusers as well.
Ironically, in the s and s, it was considered "progressive" to treat domestic violence as a family problem rather than a criminal matter; at the time, coercive law enforcements in general were unpopular and many offenses against the public order were decriminalized.
Thus, a police manual said that "in dealing with family disputes, the power of arrest should be exercised only as a last resort. The publication of landmark books such as Battered Wives by Del Martin drew attention to the plight of women in abusive marriages.
The first large-scale studies on family violence, such as the National Family Violence Survey conducted by psychologists Murray A.
Straus of the University of New Hampshire and Richard Gelles of the University of Rhode Island, found that battering was not just a matter of a few drunken bums beating up their wives or girlfriends but a fairly widespread problem, occurring in as many as 16 percent of American families every year.
Straus and Gelles reported that two million women every year were battered by their spouses or partners, or experienced "severe" violence defined as anything more violent than pushing, grabbing, or slapping -- anything from punching or kicking to hitting with an object, choking, or using a weapon.
While the surveys found an equally high rate of spousal violence by women, these findings did not elicit similar concern; female violence toward men was generally seen as far less dangerous and was commonly presumed to involve self-defense.
In the s, the first shelters and crisis hotlines for battered women opened in the United States. Around the same time, there was a shift toward a more law enforcement-oriented approach to domestic violence.
As commentator Cara Feinberg wrote in The American Prospect, "feminist activists began to see the law not only as an important tool for protecting victims but as a way to define domestic violence as a legitimate social problem.
Inthe case of Tracey Thurman, a Connecticut woman who filed a lawsuit after the police failed to intervene while she was repeatedly stabbed by her husband, reached the U. This award served as a wake-up call for many jurisdictions. By that time, most states had already empowered police officers to make warrantless arrests in misdemeanor domestic assaults they had not witnessed themselves, even if the victim did not sign a complaint.
This reform was applauded by most law enforcement personnel and family violence experts as an essential tool in combating domestic violence. In subsequent years, it was followed by a shift toward mandatory arrest upon probable cause to believe that domestic violence had occurred, and in many jurisdictions to the practice of prosecuting domestic violence cases even against the wishes of the victim.
Historically, legal protection for domestic violence victims in the United States has been uneven, varying greatly from place to place and from period to period.
However, the best available research suggests that by the late s men who assaulted their wives and girlfriends were not treated any more leniently than perpetrators in non-family assaults. However, she actually discovered that most assaults of any kind were either not prosecuted or prosecuted as misdemeanors.
Among felony cases, domestic assaults were less likely to be dismissed than nondomestic ones.Get the latest news and analysis in the stock market today, including national and world stock market news, business news, financial news and more.
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