Sponsored by the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation and endorsed by the Human Rights Foundation, Spiral of Entrapment deals with:
* The context of domestic violence and abused women's lives
* The prevalence of domestic violence in South Africa as well as government and civil society sponsored options to end abuse
* The psychology of abuse
* Why women don't simply leave
* Self-defense and putative self-defense for women who killed because they believed they had no other choice to escape the abuse
* Non-pathological criminal incapability and the insanity defense for women who killed because they lost control
* Post-conviction remedies for abused women who kill their batterers
* The types of expert and non-expert testimony necessary for abused women to access the defenses
The Justice for Women Campaign was initiated in 1998 by the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation. As its name suggests, the campaign seeks to promote the just and equitable treatment of battered women who have killed their abusive partners. The campaign has three main goals: reforming both legal defenses to murder as well as sentencing guidelines/provisions; establishing some form of review mechanism to allow for the early release of women who have killed abusive partners; and providing a variety of legal and other support services to women assisted by the campaign. Over the years the campaign has been supported by the Women's Legal Centre, the Gender Research Project of the Centre for Applied Legal Studies, the Legal Resources Centre, and the National Network on Violence Against Women.
About the Author
Hallie Ludsin received her LLM from the University of the Witwatersrand, Oliver Schreiner School of Law, Johannesburg, South Africa; JD from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Cleveland Ohio and her BA from The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. Her achievements include writing 'Cultural Denial: What South Africa's Treatment of Witchcraft Says for the Future of Its Customary Law' for 21 Berkeley Journal of International Law 62 (2003); 'Ferreira and others v State: A Victory for Women Who Kill Their Abusers in Non-Confrontational Situations', South African Journal of Human Rights (Forthcoming); 'Discussion Document Part 2: South African Criminal Law and Battered Women Who Kill', Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (2003); and 'Discussion Document: Legal Defences for Battered Women Who Kill Their Abusers', Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (2003).
Lisa Vetten first began working with battered women in 1991 as a counselor with People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA). Her expertise in this area was further developed when she began working with women who have killed their abusive partners in 1998. Since then she has testified as an expert witness on domestic violence in a number of trials involving battered women. Vetten has also conducted research around sentencing and conviction patterns in cases of spousal homicide, as well violence in the lives of women and girls in conflict with the law generally.
|Parameters of Book: Book|
|Sub-title:||Abused women in conflict with the law|
|Author:||Hallie Ludsin & Lisa Vetten|
|Colour:||Black & White|