Working patriarchies? Police and criminal justice responses to domestic abuse in Scotland 1960-1990

Anni Donaldson

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Abstract

Post-war Scotland remained a deeply patriarchal country. Domestic abuse was common yet widely under-reported by the women it affected. This article argues that police and criminal justice agencies in Scotland 1960-1990 were 'working patriarchies' which created significant barriers to reporting. Oral history narratives from domestic abuse survivors, police and criminal justice professionals reveal deeply patriarchal workplaces and practices designed to maintain longstanding traditions of the patriarchal family. These inhibited reporting, denied women access to safety and justice in private life and contributed to women's continuing inequality in post-war Scottish society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-76
Number of pages30
JournalCriminological Studies
Volume9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jun 2022

Keywords

  • domestic abuse
  • Scotland
  • oral history
  • history
  • feminist history
  • police
  • criminal justice system
  • late twentieth century
  • feminist theory
  • patriarchal theory

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