Book Discussion on Insult to Injury: Responses to Intimate Abuse

Ms. Mills discussed her book, Insult to Injury: Rethinking our Responses to Intimate Abuse, published by Princeton University… read more

Ms. Mills discussed her book, Insult to Injury: Rethinking our Responses to Intimate Abuse, published by Princeton University Press. Professor Mills asserts that current domestic violence strategies tend to overlook the individual needs of women in abusive relationships by ignoring racial, ethnic, and religious factors. Further, she claims that the criminal justice system may be exacerbating the problem and perpetuating the stereotype of women as helpless victims. She looks at the history of law enforcement in this field and the evolution of the current practices of mandated arrest that are politically sacrosanct. She argues that the accepted practices do not reflect the reality of the problem or address the needs of those involved. Professor Mills contends that women can be just as aggressive as men, and any child who endures abuse is more likely to become violent as an adult. She shows a video clip of her suggested approach, dubbed "restorative justice", which encourages dialogue in a group counseling setting in order to help couples learn strategies to prevent recurring violence. Following her presentation she answered questions from members of the audience. close

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Book Discussion on Insult to Injury: Responses to Intimate Abuse

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Oct 25, 2003
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Feb 1, 2004

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  • Oct 25, 2003 | 8:59am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Nov 02, 2003 | 6:00am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Feb 01, 2004 | 1:03am EST | C-SPAN 2
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