MargotBrooks

Validating Violence: Strangulation and Its Statutory Designations

As violent actions constituting assault go, strangulation is one of the most serious offenses. On its face, this is a pretty obvious statement, but when taken in the context of intimate partner violence, there is more to strangulation than is understood by the layman’s common sense. Strangulation and intimate partner violence hold a particular correlation where each is material to the character of the other. Domestic violence is a predominant narrative background in which strangulation incidents situate: in the United States, around ten percent of violent deaths each year are due to strangulation, and roughly ninety percent of those deaths…

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MargotBrooks

Validating Violence: The Need for Judicial Education

Charged with the task of interpreting the law, the judicial branch of our government is bestowed great authority. Given the power assigned to judges, we would like to believe they possess the requisite knowledge and moral discernment to carry out their duties in alignment with our conception of justice. When it comes to matters of sexual and domestic violence, how much faith can we have in our officials’ expertise and ability to adjudicate fairly? Unfortunately, the answer seems to be rather little. Take the example of Judge Timothy Dooley, a superior court judge in Nome, Alaska. Dooley was cited last…

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MargotBrooks

Validating Violence: High Profile, Mixed Progress

Violence against women is a pervasive part of American culture, and for many, of everyday life. In their many forms, acts of sexual and domestic violence are so ubiquitous they have become easy to ignore, and the problematic implications of their prevalence make it more convenient to condone than to address them. As a current 1L student taking on law school as the first step in pursuing a career focused on sexual and domestic violence, much of my present engagement with these issues is intellectual – abstract and from a distance. From time to time, however, outside the library on…

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