Do Judicial Responses to Restraining Order Requests Discriminate Against Male Victims of Domestic Violence?

  title={Do Judicial Responses to Restraining Order Requests Discriminate Against Male Victims of Domestic Violence?},
  author={Henry J. Muller and Sarah L. Desmarais and John M. Hamel},
  journal={Journal of Family Violence},
Every state in the United States authorizes its courts to issue civil orders of protection for victims of domestic violence. Ideally, restraining orders should be available to all victims. However, consistent with the patriarchal paradigm, research suggests that judicial responses to domestic violence temporary restraining order (TRO) requests may be sex-differentiated. This paper reports on a study that explored equal protection issues in family law by evaluating gender and violence profiles… CONTINUE READING


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