Structural Intersectionality, Domestic Violence, and Law

Friday, April 12 at 12:10pm to 2:00pm

Education Building (EDU), 1111
401 East Peltason Drive Irvine, CA 92697-8000

A lecture by Alesha Durfee

In this talk, Prof. Durfee employs structural intersectionality to analyze legal interventions for domestic violence in the United States, including mandatory arrest laws and civil protection orders. In doing so, she centers women and girls of color who interact with the criminal and civil legal systems. Using data from the National Incident Based Reporting System, as well as new primary data on protection orders collected through a National Institute of Justice grant, she shows how mandatory arrest laws and civil protection orders often reproduce broader social inequalities even though they appear to be objective, neutral, and "victim friendly." She discusses the results of her research in the context of the increasing use of these systems to combat domestic violence in the United States.

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Students, Alumni, General Public, Prospective Students, Faculty, Staff



Centers, Initiative to End Family Violence
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