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Leigh Goodmark on Domestic Partner Violence

Season 1, Ep. 604

In this episode, Leigh Goodmark, Marjorie Cook Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Clinical Law Program at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, discusses her book Decriminalizing Domestic Partner Violence: A Balanced Policy Approach to Intimate Partner Violence. Goodmark begins by discussing the history of prosecution of domestic violence in the United States and its eventual criminalization starting in the 1970s. She then discusses how this focus on criminalization essentializes victims of intimate partner violence. Goodmark explains the disparate impact of neoliberal economic policies on communities of color and the poor, as well as explaining mechanisms underlying economic abuse of intimate partners. The then discusses different models for approaching intimate partner violence that and how those are more effective and equitable than criminalization. 

Professor Goodmark’s scholarship is available on SSRN and you can find her on Twitter at @LeighGoodmark This episode was hosted by Maybell Romero, Associate Professor of law at Northern Illinois University College of Law. Romero is on Twitter at @MaybellRomero.

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