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4 Feminist Criminology 3 (2009)

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W elcome to this issue of Feminist Criminology. We are pleased to report that
       this issue has four interesting articles, all of which share the common thread
of victimization. Three of the articles focus on some aspect of intimate-partner
violence and the fourth article examines fear of crime more generally.
   In the first article, Alesha Durfee looks at legal representation in domestic violence
civil protection order hearing outcomes in the United States. The article examines the
ways  legal representation and legal assistance affect victim narratives in the protec-
tive order application process. The findings demonstrate that there are pronounced
differences between narratives written by lawyers, those written with assistance from
legal advocates, and those written exclusively by victims themselves (pro se). These
differences also have an impact on the outcome of hearings and suggest that advocacy
is not as effective as formal legal representation in these cases, even though the
process was expressly designed to work without the presence of counsel.
   Whereas  Durfee's article focused on domestic violence  within America, Edna
Erez, Madelaine Adelman,  and Carol Gregory focus on the voices of 137 immigrant
women  from 35 different countries. Noting the interconnection between racist violence,
violence against women, and the institutionalization of the battered woman's move-
ment within U.S. social service and criminal justice systems, the authors present an
integrated approach that recognizes the intersectionality of these various factors.
The  authors find that some aspects of the women's experiences, such as economic
challenges, are not distinctive for battered women who are immigrants; however,
immigrant  status and culture also present unique effects. The findings demonstrate
that battered immigrant women face a range of legal, economic, and social challenges.
Designing social and legal policies that do not further entrap these victims will continue
to challenge feminist criminologists.
   In the third article, Erin Nabors and Jana  Jasinski examine  the relationship
between  college students' attitudes about gender roles and gendered violence and
perpetration of intimate partner violence. Although previous  research finds that
beliefs supportive of domestic violence are predictive of abuse in intimate relationships
among  college students, research, to date, fails to fully explore the nature of these
associations especially as it relates to temporal order issues. The current study looks
at attitudes before and after perpetration to determine whether attitudes precede or
follow acts of intimate violence. Their findings suggest that the relationship between
attitudes and intimate partner violence are more complex than prior research indicates
and differ for female and male college students.


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