Why Battered Women Don't Leave

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Why Battered Women Do Not Leave, Part 1

CJ 320

This article addresses the many factors that play into why women, who suffer from battered women syndrome, do not leave their husbands or the person who is abusing them. Before we discuss the contents of this article a battered women syndrome is “the set of symptoms, injuries, and signs of mistreatment seen in a woman who has been repeatedly abused by a husband or other male figure”. This article is divided into two parts where part one focuses on external inhibiting factors within in society such as, economics and the criminal justice system (CJS) that influences battered women’s stay/leave decisions. The article states that “of all the possible reasons why battered women do not leave abusive men, CJS practices probably rank second only to economic dependency”. The author first explains how patriarchal and sexist structure of society makes it even harder for battered women to leave their Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). “O’Neil and Nadeau have defined patriarchy as “the supremacy of the father over family members and the domination of men over women and children in every aspect of life”. They defined sexism as the “social, political and person expression of patriarchy”.” These structures are like the norms of society and it makes a batter’s decision even harder. This article then goes into detail of numerous reasons why the criminal justice system practices is one of the top reasons why battered women do not leave their husbands. The author list some of these reason in this article “a) confusion about the court system, b) frustration with the criminal justice system (e.g., slowness, fear triggered by lack of action, lack of contact with the court), c) conflict over batterer incarceration, and d) views of the criminal justice system as racist and oppressive” This article suggests that the CJS propose more funding for domestic assault response teams (DARTs) “which consist of judges, prosecutors, police,...
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