30 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 791 (2002-2003)
Disabusing the Definition of Domestic Abuse: How Women Batter Men and the Role of the Feminist State

handle is hein.journals/flsulr30 and id is 825 raw text is: DISABUSING THE DEFINITION OF DOMESTIC
ABUSE: HOW WOMEN BATTER MEN AND THE
ROLE OF THE FEMINIST STATE
LINDA KELLY*
INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................... 792
I.   THE STUDY          OF INTIMATE VIOLENCE                  ............................................................. 794
A.     The Early Studies ................................................................................... 794
1.    U se  .................................................................................................... 79 5
2.    Frequency .......................................................................................... 797
3.    Severity...       ......................................... 798
B.    Recent Findings ...................................................................................... 799
II.    THE REACTIONS ............................................................................................. 800
A.    Denying Female Violence ....................................................................... 801
1. By Woozles and Scare Tactics ................................ 801
2.    By Methodological Critique .........................................................8                    02
(a)    CTS     Challenges ........................................................................ 802
(b)    Gender Concerns ....................................................................... 804
B.    Defending Female Violence .................................................................... 805
1.    Quantitative Criticisms .................................................................... 805
2.    Qualitative Criticisms ...................................................................... 808
C.    M   inimizing Female Violence .................................................................. 809
D. Responding to the Critics: Why Female Violence
Must Be Examined               ................................................................................ 810
III.    THE EXPLANATIONS ....................................................................................... 814
A.    Female Violence: A              Theoretical Threat .................................................. 814
1.    The Development of the Patriarchal Definition ............................... 814
of Domestic Violence ........................................................................ 814
2.    Challenging Domestic Violence, Challenging                             Feminism         ................ 817
(a)    Through        Theory ........................................................................ 817
(b)    Through Methodology ............................................................... 818
B.    Female Violence: A             Practical Threat ..................................................... 820
1.   Financial Concerns .........................................................................            820
2.    Marketing Dilemmas ........................................................................ 821
3.    Vindictive Possibilities ..................................................................... 822
IV.     LEGAL IMPLICATIONS ..................................................................................... 822
A.    Academic ................................................................................................. 822
B.    The Feminist State of Domestic Violence .............................................. 824
1.   A  rrest ................................................................................................. 824
(a) The Development of Arrest Policies and Theories:
The Minneapolis Experiment and U.S. Attorney
General's Report ......................................................................... 824
(b)    The Gendered Promotion of Arrest ........................................... 830
(c)    The Statistics ............................................................................ 830
(d)    Thurman          v. City   of Torrington ................................................ 832
2.    Prosecution ........................................................................................ 836
(a)    The Development of Prosecution Policies and Theories .......... 836
(b)    The Gendered           Promotion of Prosecution                 ................................. 839
* Professor of Law, Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis. B.A., 1988,
University of Virginia; J.D., 1992, University of Virginia. Special thanks to John Hill, who
makes everything possible.
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