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Domestic Violence: Legal and Social Reality

Front Cover - Domestic Violence: Legal and Social Reality

D. Kelly Weisberg, University of California, Hastings College of the Law

2012. Approx. 800 pages. ISBN: 978-0-7355-0863-7. With Teacher's Manual.

About the Book

Domestic Violence is a comprehensive social, historical and legal view of the subject of domestic violence. In addition to thorough coverage of the types of abusive relationships and the forms abuse can take, Weisberg undertakes a complete examination of all aspects of state and federal responses to domestic violence. From civil and criminal cases to legislative action and the role of law enforcement, Domestic Violence provides extensive background information and raises provocative questions about the implications of international law, defendant discrimination and the effectiveness of civil protection orders.
Hallmark features of Domestic Violence:

  • Provides a legal, social and historical view of domestic violence by top scholar.
  • Thorough coverage of the characteristics of abusive relationships, including:
     Intimate partner violence.
     The role of gender, age, disability, same-sex relationships, race, religion, ethnicity and social class.
  • In-depth exploration of the consequences of various types of abuse, including:
     Marital rape and sexual abuse.
     Cyber abuse.
     Psychological abuse.
     Pet violence.
  • Complete examination of civil law response to domestic violence, including:
     Civil protection orders, enforcement and effectiveness.
     Tort remedies.
     Family law issues, child custody, visitation, child abduction, and mediation.
     Discrimination against victims in housing and employment.
  • Comprehensive treatment of responses by state legislatures, judiciary and law enforcement, and federal criminal courts, and evidentiary concerns, including:
     Police and prosecutors.
     Violence Against Women Act.
     Firearm regulation.
     Criminal defenses of intimate partner defendants.
     Spousal testimonial privilege.
     Marital rape exemption.
     Confrontation Clause issues.
     Forfeiture-by-wrongdoing doctrine.
  • International domestic violence issues, including:
     International human rights law.