Victims as offenders : the paradox of women's violence in relationships
Miller's research demonstrates the seeming inability —or unwillingness— of the criminal legal system to recognize that gender (as well as race, class, and sexual orientation) matters in intimate partner violence, but even more importantly, she offers compelling answers to the question, ‘What can we do about it? Arrests of women for assault increased more than 40 percent over the past decade, while male arrests for this offense have fallen by about one percent. Susan L. Miller’s book explores the questions raised by these startling statistics. Are women finally closing the gender gap on violence? Or does this phenomenon reflect a backlash shaped by men who batter? How do abusive men use the criminal justice system to increase control over their wives? Do police, courts, and treatment providers support aggressive arrest policies for women? Are these women "victims" or "offenders"?