The strangulation of female partners

Edwards, Susan (2015) The strangulation of female partners. Criminal Law Review (12). pp. 949-966.

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In England and Wales, strangulation is one of the principal methods men use to kill women in intimate relationships. Over the past three decades, this method of killing accounts for up to 37 per cent of deaths of women by male partners. Strangulation is both gender and context specific making it a high risk factor affecting the lives of women. The lack of understanding of the seriousness of strangulation, together with the legal construction of intention allows men to disavow murder and be found guilty of only unlawful act manslaughter. In most American and Australian Federal States and in Canada and New Zealand, legislation criminalises strangulation and is also an aggravating factor in sentencing in both non-fatal and fatal cases. This article makes a plea for law reform in England and Wales and a challenge to the prevailing discourse in criminal law and justice which continues to treat male body force in strangulation as less heinous than other forms of body force and weapons in fatal and non-fatal assaults against women.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Attempts to choke suffocate or strangle; Bad character; Criminal intent; Comparative law; Domestic violence; Murder; Sentencing; Unlawful act; manslaughter; Women
Subjects: K Law > KD England and Wales
Divisions: School of Law
Depositing User: Susan Edwards
Date Deposited: 03 May 2016 10:37
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2016 07:59

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