The Courts vs. Domestic Violence

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Domestic violence has been endemic in American society. At first a private matter, it is now come to light as a social justice issue.

John Michael Leventhal, associate justice of the New York State Supreme Court and the author of My Partner, My Enemy: An Unflinching View of Domestic Violence and New Ways to Protect Victims (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2016), draws on his years as the "Judge of Abuse," when he presided over the first domestic violence court. He talks about a history of male privilege, power control, and when physical coercive overtones become criminal.