Published: Oct. 20, 2011

Professor Carolyn Ramsey will deliver the 2011 Austin Scott Lecture, “Intimate-Partner Violence and State Intervention: A New Historical Perspective,” at 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 10.

She will discuss research from her published articles and her book-in-progress that sheds new light on public attitudes toward intimate partner violence, the role of police and prosecutors in seeking to prevent and punish such violence, and the way courts and juries viewed defense claims by men and women charged with murdering their partners. Her work calls into question common assumptions about sex bias in the criminal law and public tolerance of wife-beating. It also suggests that changing gender roles and the ‘medicalization’ of the law made it more difficult for abused women to obtain justice in criminal courts in the second half of the 20th century.

Although Ramsey’s lecture will focus on historical examples, it may spark discussion about modern domestic violence laws and policies.

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