Criminal Approaches to Family Violence, 1640-1980

  title={Criminal Approaches to Family Violence, 1640-1980},
  author={Elizabeth Hafkin Pleck},
  journal={Crime and Justice},
  pages={19 - 57}
  • E. Pleck
  • Published 1 January 1989
  • Law, Psychology
  • Crime and Justice
American efforts to prevent or punish family violence began in New England in the 1640s with the passage of the first laws against family violence. Interest in criminalizing family violence since then has been episodic. There have been periods of American history that included reforms against family violence, including significant efforts to criminalize it; there have been other periods of decriminalization of family violence, and still others when there were significant judicial innovations in… 

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