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June 20, 2018

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Battered Women Who Kill
Last Featured: 3/12/2001

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Over the past few decades, America has become increasingly aware of the prevalence of domestic violence. Millions of women have been in abusive relationships and why they stay is a complicated issue. Some are able to survive and get out of these violent situations, others face serious injury or death. But, in some cases, women fight back, even killing their abuser. Is clemency for battered women an act of compassion or does it send the message that some people can get away with murder?

Dr. Warren Farrell is the author of many books, including the “Myth of Male Power” and “Father and Child Reunion.” His book, “Women Can’t Hear What Men Don’t Say” includes an analysis of more than 50 domestic violence studies worldwide as well as political, legal and psychological solutions to domestic violence. He has taught at the University of California, at San Diego, Georgetown, Rutgers and Brooklyn College and formerly served on the Board of Directors of the New York Chapter of the National Organization for Women. Farrell has a Ph.D. in political science with a specialization in American government and constitutional law.

Elizabeth Schneider is a professor at the Brooklyn Law School and a leading authority on feminist jurisprudence and domestic violence issues. She is the author of “Battered Women and Feminist Law Making” and numerous articles on civil rights, feminist theory and women’s rights. Schneider was an attorney at the Rutgers Law School, Newark, Constitutional Litigation Clinic and at the Center for Constitutional Rights. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College and New York University School of Law, Schneider also has a master’s degree from the London School of Economics.

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"Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy, to oppress, rob or degrade them, neither person’s nor property will be safe."

— Frederick Douglass

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Battered Women’s Clemency Project
Goldberg (23 Nov 1999)“Spouse Abuse Crackdown, Surprisingly, Nets Many Women” New York Times,
Christenson, Domestic Violence and the Case for Clemency,,
Clemency for Battered Women in Michigan: A Manual for Attorneys, Law Students and Social Workers
Battered Women`s Justice : The Movement for Clemency and the Politics of Self-Defense (Social Movements Past and Present)
by Patricia Gagne
More Than Victims : Battered Women Syndrome, Society, and the Law (Morality and Society Series)
by Donald Alexander Downs
The Right to a Jury Trial
Bail Bondsmen, Bounty Hunters and Private Prisons
Innovations in Policing