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Comparative Perspectives on Gender ViolenceLessons From Efforts Worldwide$
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Rashmi Goel and Leigh Goodmark

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199346578

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199346578.001.0001

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The American Attempt to End Intimate Partner Abuse Worldwide

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Comparative Perspectives on Gender Violence

Leigh Goodmark

Oxford University Press

For some time, the United States has been uncritically exporting its laws and policies on domestic violence to the rest of the world. Those laws and policies, which tend to be retributively based and rely heavily on State intervention, are not working well in the United States and may not be culturally appropriate for other parts of the world either. State-based solutions assume a benign and helpful State, which is not the reality for women in many parts of the world. Moreover, law-based interventions ignore the larger structural problems that contribute to intimate partner abuse. Relying on State-based interventions may also stifle the development of culturally contextual and community based strategies. This chapter suggests that rather than continuing to export U.S. law and policy, the United States should consider importing promising practices from other parts of the world.

Keywords:   intimate partner abuse, State-based intervention, criminal justice, ROLCI, civil Society

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