7 UCLA Women's L.J. 183 (1996-1997)
Intuition and Insight: A New Job Description for the Battered Woman's Prosecutor and Other More Modest Proposals

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DESCRIPTION FOR THE BATTERED
WOMAN'S PROSECUTOR AND
OTHER MORE
MODEST PROPOSALS
Linda G. Mills*
The relation between two persons, which was, so to speak, co-
natural to the feminine, becomes a process that has to be re-
conquered. Woman has to seek out the values of exchange
and communication, as does man, but for different reasons.
He has to overcome the priority he gives to the accumulation,
possession, or at best the exchange of objects, while she must
avoid the risks of hierarchy and submission, of fusion between
persons, of losing her identity in the impersonality of one.1
I. INTRODUCTION
Many battered women's lawyers and advocates believe that
the most effective method for eradicating domestic violence is to
arrest, prosecute, and jail perpetrators of intimate abuse, regard-
less of a battered woman's2 preference to avoid criminal inter-
vention.3 While this response may be appropriate for a small, or
* Assistant Professor of Social Welfare and Law, UCLA School of Public Pol-
icy and Social Research. Controversy cultivates friendship. Donna Wills welcomed
my students into the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office and inspired a
model program. Christine Littleton paved the way for a more radical approach.
Michelle Ahnn and the dedicated editors of the UCLA Women's Law Journal richly
contributed to my articulation. And finally, my friendship with Peter Goodrich al-
ways enlivens these polemics.
1. LUCE IRIGARAY, I LOVE TO YOU: SKETCH FOR A FELICITY WITHIN His-
TORY 76 (Alison Martin trans., Routledge 1996).
2. 1 use the terms victim, survivor, and battered woman conveniently
and interchangeably. No word adequately represents any woman's personal experi-
ence of intimate abuse. I therefore apologize for the essentializing quality of each of
the terms, none of which are offered as generalizations.
3. See generally Lisa A. Frisch, Research that Succeeds, Policies that Fail, 83 J.
CRiM. L. & CRIMINOLOGY 209 (1992); Cheryl Hanna, No Right to Choose: Mandated

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