"An essential read for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of the concept of abolition feminism and supports the rights of all survivors of domestic violence, regardless of their race or life circumstances."—Library Journal
"Be prepared to get angry. Through a blend of shocking stories and even more outrageous statistics, Goodmark challenges and complicates our country's dominant narratives about violence and safety. The main lesson of Imperfect Victims
is not that police and prisons keep us safe from gender-based violence, but the opposite—that the legal system not only continually fails, but further punishes, survivors of gender-based violence. Goodmark challenges us to rethink long-ingrained notions of violence, safety, healing, and punishment and to work toward creating the world we want to see."—Victoria Law, author of Resistance behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women
"Leigh Goodmark puts forth a galvanizing call to jettison the current American criminal legal system as a response to domestic violence. Goodmark’s decades of work representing victims of domestic violence inform this thorough and heartbreaking study of the myriad ways that our legal system fails survivors of intimate partner violence. She shows how innovative abolitionist approaches to intervening in violence and repairing harm are not only possible, but the essential way forward. The devastating stories and structural flaws documented in Imperfect Victims
demand that we do better for survivors of violence, and the book boldly points the way toward a response that always puts care first."—Piper Kerman, author of Orange Is the New Black
"With great passion and humility, Goodmark brings the dedication to freedom and commitment to justice that we have come to expect from her in this latest book about the tyranny of gender-based violence and mass criminalization. In Imperfect Victims, the words on the page come alive in the telling of the stories of criminalized survivors, surrounded by Goodmark's compelling analysis of how the legal system harms survivors. Legal scholars, social scientists, policy makers, antiviolence workers, and activists reading this book will be moved to act in the direction of abolition feminism and away from dangerous reform work. The antiviolence movement desperately needs to embrace more radical actions at this time, and this book will help pave the way toward liberation."—Beth E. Richie, coauthor of Abolition. Feminism. Now.
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