Many crime victims, especially those who have been abused, stalked, or sexually assaulted, seek restraining orders. These orders are sometimes difficult to obtain, but may be easier to get than, say, a criminal conviction. But what happens when the victim crosses state lines? Does the order still hold up? In most cases, yes. If that […]
Start by watching the video. I want to love this video. I want to love it because it’s a campaign against domestic violence that targets men. And we can’t truly address the problem of domestic violence without men. Men are half of our population. Men are brothers, sisters, friends, lovers, husbands, and fathers of women […]
Marissa Alexander is just another case file that gets shoved in the heap of unintended consequences. She thought she was innocent, she thought it worth the fight. In the end, it wasn't. Like all gamblers, the players in the criminal justice system have to remember that the house always wins.
Marissa Alexander’s case is not so much about Florida’s stand your ground law as it is about the connections between interrelated facets of her case including gender, domestic violence, and mandatory minimums. In Part I of this series, we explored the role of gender. Today’s post looks at the double standards applied to evaluating violence […]
The comparisons between Marissa Alexander and George Zimmerman and their use of Florida’s stand your ground law were as inevitable as they were powerful. To be sure, the law matters to Marissa Alexander, but the law itself is not the central issue of her case. I think of it, instead, as the stage upon which […]
Is it possible to create book spine poetry with texts on women and crime? Try this one. We used Rethinking Gender, Crime, and Justice edited by Renzetti, Goodstein, and Miller, followed by Violence Against Women: The Bloody Footprints edited by Bart and Moran. These were followed by The Female Offender by Chesney-Lind and Pasko, Belknap’s […]