States have also passed laws that require prosecution even if the woman does not want to prosecute or testify. Unwanted and unnecessary arrests and prosecutions obviously prevent reconciliation and private resolution of family disputes.Apparently, even now, law enforcement should turn it's back on battered wives if the woman is too terrified or too shamed to prosecute or testify. Murdering a spouse inside the home is a private resolution of a family dispute. Does that make it right?
I pray it ain't so.
Phyllis, rather than working to change the laws in favor of batterers, work to change the batterers so there is a chance of true and positive resolution.
When a man abuses his wife he breaks his marriage vows.
Laws that allow police to file charges and that allow other evidence of a crime to be admitted even when a wife doesn't cooperate with the prosecution don't violate constitutional rights or build on stereotypes about weak women, bad men and foolish choices.
Dismissing victims as weak women who make foolish choices builds on stereotypes that foster abusive men's feelings that they have absolute dominance in their home and that they have the right to be judge, jury and executioner.
What you interpret as weakness is many women's efforts to preserve their family. I know, I was one of those women. You shame yourself by trying to diminish me and other women like me.
Feministe's take on this situation.