Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
Number of Pages
With the majority of studies focusing on the reasons why victims discontinue legal action against their abusers, I believe these women are once again being blamed for the continued abuse. It is my thesis that victims of domestic violence enter formal action against their abusers with specific goals in mind particular to each woman's life situation. These goals may be very different than the legal outcomes prominent amongst our nation's courtrooms. I will attempt to illustrate those goals victims routinely seek as well as the obstacles they encounter when attempting to free themselves from violence. This research will become a valuable tool for those attempting to make the criminal justice system and social service outlets more accessible and user-friendly for victims of domestic violence.
Domestic; Female; Negotiation; Safety; Victims; Violence
Social psychology; Women's studies; Law
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Kopinski, Lisa Rose, "Female victims of domestic violence and their negotiation for safety" (2002). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1455.