The Criminal Justice Response to Women who Kill

Quaid, Sheila (2001) The Criminal Justice Response to Women who Kill. In: Home Truths about Domestic Violence. Routledge, London, pp. 153-167. ISBN 9780415241564

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Abstract

This chapter is based on an interview with Helena Kennedy QC by Catherine Itzin. It has been edited into the form of a narrative, covering a range of issues relating to women and the criminal justice system, and in particular explores the question of 'Why do women kill?'. In Helena Kennedy's experience of defending women, she asserts that most women kill in desperation, in self... defence or in the defence of their children. Women's experience of violence and escape from violence has received much critical comment and campaigning for law reform over the past few years and some cases such as Sara Thornton, Kiranjit Ahluwalia and Emma Humphreys have achieved a high public profile as campaigners have fought for their release from life sentences. All three women had sustained years of violence and abuse from their partners and had killed in their attempts to stop the violence.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Social Sciences > Criminology
Social Sciences > Sociology
Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Education and Society
Depositing User: Sheila Quaid
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2017 15:03
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2017 15:03
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/7339

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