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Prosecuting Domestic ViolenceA Philosophical Analysis$
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Michelle Madden Dempsey

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199562169

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562169.001.1

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(p.3) 1 Introduction
Prosecuting Domestic Violence

Michelle Madden Dempsey

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter explains the context in which the author of this book became intrigued by the moral questions raised by domestic-violence prosecution and the tools employed in this book to explore such questions. It unpacks some underlying assumptions which animate the book's approach to this topic and explains the book's methodology of feminist practical reasoning. Importantly, this chapter sets out the central question that motivates the investigation undertaken in this book: What should public prosecutors do when victims withdraw their support for the prosecution of domestic violence cases? Finally, the chapter provides an analysis of different types of victim withdrawal from prosecutions and provides a brief introduction to the debates surrounding so-called ‘victimless’ prosecution of domestic violence.

Keywords:   feminist practical reasoning, victim withdrawal, victimless prosecution, moral questions, domestic-violence prosecution

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