Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Analysis of France's policy in treating and preventing conjugal violence
by Donadello, Clara S., M.A., The American University of Paris (France), 2010, 77; 10305778
Abstract (Summary)

Attention to prevention has emerged in the past couple of years as one of the critical parts of an encompassing action plan to tackle violence against women. This study seeks to answer whether France’s actions plans and policies concerning prevention of conjugal violence are implemented and whether they are sufficient. The study will also attempt to determine whether France has taken the necessary actions to tackle this problem.

The paper discusses the theoretical aspects of conjugal violence, the different explanatory approaches of conjugal violence, as well as the various types of violence identified by experts and the reasons women remain in abusive relationships. Throughout these pages, the clear lack of agreements between experts on the reasons of conjugal violence will portray the complexity of the problem and its multiple facets. The origin of batterer intervention programs will be discussed with the various approaches used. Evaluations of programs will be surveyed to demonstrate the complexity of providing successful rehabilitation programs to violent men, as well as the contradictory results of those evaluations. Regardless of the lack of statistics on the successes of programs for violent men, this paper will argue the necessity of providing some form of rehabilitation through education or batterer intervention programs.

This study will also analyze France’s actions in fighting conjugal violence, including recent judicial reforms and national actions plans. The dichotomy between theory and practice will be showed through the investigation of penal cases of conjugal violence and the analysis of the inconsistent policies of tribunals, as well as the lack of budget allocated to structures for violent men. In conclusion, the study will argue that France has focused on treating conjugal violence in a repressive manner through judicial means, which are not always applied, instead of developing support systems for the long term prevention of violence.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Golub, Philip, Burgi, Noelle
School: The American University of Paris (France)
Department: International Affairs, Conflict Resolution and Civil SocietyRecherche Sociologie des Conflits et Securite Internationale
School Location: France
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Criminology, Public policy
Keywords: Batterer intervention, Conjugal violence, France
Publication Number: 10305778
ISBN: 978-1-369-49342-9
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