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"How Would That Help Our Work?": The Intersection of Domestic Violence and Human Rights in the United States

NCJ Number
Violence Against Women Volume: 17 Issue: 1 Dated: January 2011 Pages: 6-27
Karen Morgaine
Date Published
January 2011
22 pages
This study examined whether there was another guiding framework (human rights framework) for domestic violence (DV) in the United States that might be more responsive to the critique of the over reliance on the criminal justice system, particularly regarding the critique of women of color.
This qualitative study explores whether individuals working within the domestic violence (DV) field in the United States have utilized a human rights framework and identifies potential benefits of this framework. Using the critique and experiences of women of color as a focal point, data were gathered through interviews with key individuals working with national and regional DV and human rights organizations. This article focuses on challenges within the mainstream DV movement and how a human rights approach could potentially ameliorate some of these concerns by supporting a more holistic approach to DV and increasing coalition building and community engagement. (Published Abstract) References