Abetting Batterers by Andrew R. Klein
What Police, Prosecutors, and Courts Aren't Doing to Protect America's Women

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Whatever the number, domestic violence victims remain far too many for a preventable crime. More and more victims of intimate partner violence are reaching out to police, prosecutors and judges only to be sorely disappointed, even betrayed. While laws and programs have multiplied over the last few decades to address domestic violence, the country is getting safer for almost everyone except for women who have, or have had, abusive male intimate partners. Andrew R. Klein and Jessica L. Klein look at the criminal justice response to domestic violence across America today, ranging from police to prosecutors and courtrooms across the nation.

Abetting Batterers reveals the troubling pattern of inattention and incompetence that compromises the safety of women and encourages their male abusers to continue their abuse and violence. Although criminal justice system agencies vary among cities, towns and counties within the same state they all too often relegate domestic violence to the backburners of the system, dismissing victims and ignoring even the most serious and chronic abusers. The variation reveals the real problem in preventing intimate partner violence lies in these agencies’ commitment and will, rather than their ability to do the job.

The authors unveil what is working in regard to protecting victims of domestic violence and holding their abusers accountable, and they suggest strategies for ensuring that what is being done right can be replicated and become the law and practice across the nation. The wide variation in how intimate partner violence is handled by similar jurisdictions demonstrates the real problem in preventing it lies in these agencies’ commitment, rather than ability to do the job. This book proves to be invaluable in understanding what is and is not being done in the reality of domestic violence in America.

About Andrew R. Klein

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Andrew R. Klein is a nationally recognized expert in the study of domestic violence and criminal justice, he has served on numerous national commissions and advisory boards on development of domestic violence courts, sentencing and supervision of youthful drunk drivers, probation and more. He has provided technical assistance, headlined conferences and provided professional training in his areas of expertise in almost every state of the Union, United States Military bases abroad as well as the US Coast Guard. He has served as a principal investigator on numerous research and evaluation grants for multiple federal, state and county government and non-profit agencies covering a diverse range of areas from family violence, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), victim rights, batterer intervention programming, faith-based rural domestic violence programming, elder abuse, and residential prison substance abuse treatment. Editor and columnist for Thomson-West's National Bulletin on Domestic Violence Prevention, he is also the author of major texts on Alternative Sentencing, Intermediate Sanctions and Probation (1997) and The Criminal Justice Response to Domestic Violence (2003). Jessica L. Klein is a Rape Crisis and Domestic Violence Victim Advocate for Beth Israel Hospital, New York, NY, providing advocacy, counseling, safety planning, and service referrals to patients admitted to Emergency Department after experiencing sexual assault or intimate partner violence. She is also a Rape Crisis Counselor on a hotline for the Anti-Violence Project, a New York based organization that services LGBTQ and HIV-affected people across New York City. She has provided training at the Judicial Domestic Violence Training for Hawaiian Judges, training judges on the basic warning signs/components of intimate partner violence. She is, also, a contributor for Thomson-West's National Bulletin on Domestic Violence Prevention.
Published July 16, 2016 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 272 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Crime, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction