The Use of Structural Intersectionality as a Method to Analyze How the Domestic Violence Civil Protective Order Process Replicates Inequality

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Abstract

While protective orders remain a commonly used resource, multiply marginalized survivors are often unable to file for, obtain, serve, and enforce orders. I argue that using structural intersectionality as a method is the best way to reveal how the protective order process replicates broader social inequalities. I advocate for an alternative way of using structural intersectionality. I first identify the mechanisms by which inequalities exist and then describe how these can be traced back to intersecting social identities. In doing so, I highlight the importance of historical context and the blurring of the civil and criminal legal systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)639-665
Number of pages27
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume27
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2021

Keywords

  • arrest
  • domestic violence
  • intersectionality
  • protection orders
  • structural intersectionality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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