By Jane Monckton-Smith
A surprising examine how the assumption of romantic love can justify and excuse the killing of ladies via their companions, and result in sympathy and lowered sentences for the killers. the writer explores how tales of family murder are advised within the information, through the police, and within the courts, drawing from seventy two circumstances which happened over a twelve month interval.
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A surprising examine how the assumption of romantic love can justify and excuse the killing of ladies by way of their companions, and bring about sympathy and diminished sentences for the killers. the writer explores how tales of family murder are informed within the information, through the police, and within the courts, drawing from seventy two circumstances which happened over a twelve month interval.
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Ironically, this is argued to be because of the work of the Women’s Shelter movement which has given women more options to escape abusive men, and escape, rather than homicide of abusive men, has been an unexpected outcome (Kimmel 2008; Van Wormer and Roberts 2009). Claims of gender symmetry are viewed by some as a distraction designed to deﬂect political criticism of male violence (Websdale 1999; Dobash and Dobash 2002; Kimmel 2008; Van Wormer and Roberts 2009). Van Wormer even argues that the impact of anti-feminist rhetoric should be considered in policy decisions, such is its reach.
There have been claims by politicians that this ﬁgure has now dropped to just one woman per week. The Home Ofﬁce statistics for 2008/09 show an overall reduction in the number of homicides recorded (Coleman and Osborne 2010), but do not record a substantial drop in the homicide of females where the perpetrator is known to the victim. 9 women killed per week, so may be a little misleading’ (Monckton-Smith 2010a: 6). Buss states that similar IPF statistics ‘are pervasive worldwide, from the Australian Aborigines to murder among the Munda of India’ (2006: 71).
For example, in the United States the Ofﬁce for Violence Against Women is a government department dedicated to confronting the issues of VAW and implementing strategies to reduce its frequency and pervasiveness. The Violence Against Women Act 1994 requires that data be collected to measure the effectiveness of those strategies. There were many supports for victims included in the Act, but the most controversial, which was quite quickly deemed unconstitutional in the Supreme Court, was the civil rights remedy.
Murder, Gender and the Media: Narratives of Dangerous Love by Jane Monckton-Smith