This book examines the strength of laws addressing four types of violence against women--rape, marital rape, domestic violence, and sexual harassment--in 196 countries from 2007 to 2010. It analyzes why these laws exist in some places and not others, and why they are stronger or weaker in places where they do exist. The authors have compiled original data that allow them to test various hypotheses related to whether international law drives the enactment of domestic legal protections. They also examine the ways in which these legal protections are related to economic, political, and social institutions, and how transnational society affects the presence and strength of these laws. The original data produced for this book make a major contribution to comparisons and analyses of gender violence and law worldwide.
“This is an impressive and far-reaching study of the role of law in eradicating violence against women in a global context. The authors use robust empirical data to examine whether the law actually makes a difference in the lives of women from 196 countries in the world. The authors expertly unravel the complexities of law’s influence and impact on gender-based inequality and violence, underscoring the need for cross-national data that track adoption and enforcement of domestic and international laws over time.”
—Nicola Henry, La Trobe University–Australia
“What differences are there in laws against rape, sexual harassment, and domestic violence around the world? What factors influence the adoption and strength of gender-violence laws? David Richards and Jillienne Haglund’s book provides the most comprehensive and careful analysis of violence against women laws out there. Violence Against Women and the Law will be an invaluable resource for students and scholars of international human rights, comparative law, comparative public policy, and women and politics for years to come.”
—Alice Kang, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
“The authors, using a cross-national data set, provide a much-needed critical analysis of the link between international human rights law, domestic violence against women law, and outcomes for women’s human rights, all the while revealing the impact of various indicators of women’s status on law and enforcement. This book contributes to a more nuanced understanding of the role of law in the struggle to combat violence against women and enriches the debate and research on the subject.”
—Yakin Ertürk, former UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women (2003–2009)
Chapter 1 Forms of Violence against Women
Chapter 2 Political, Economic, and Social Determinants of Domestic Gender-Based-Violence Policy
Chapter 3 Legal Frameworks
Chapter 4 Creating Indicators of Legal Guarantees
Chapter 5 Discoveries from Our Data
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