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“You Can’t Abuse Her in This House”

“You Can’t Abuse Her in This House”

Family, Community, and Intimate Partner Violence in New Orleans

(p.83) Chapter Four “You Can’t Abuse Her in This House”
Intimate Partner Violence in New Orleans
Ashley Baggett
University Press of Mississippi

The examination of families, communities, and institutions illustrates a larger social awareness about intimate partner violence. At the core of this change lay a shift in the family power dynamic. Essentially, in return for submission of one’s wife and children, family members believed men had to be protective and refrain from violently acting out against his wife. If a man violated this new understanding, he could not command respect or power from other members of the family. The larger community also acted: crowds frequently formed when members of the community overheard a domestic dispute. On a larger level, institutions began supporting these new gender expectations. Overall, society brought increased awareness and pressure on the problem of intimate partner violence, forcing the courts to act.

Keywords:   Family, New Orleans, Community, Courts, Domestic violence, Intimate partner violence

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