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Marriage Mimicry: The Law of Domestic Violence

In this article, Professor Colker argues that the legal system does not simply privilege those in marital relationships but has now begun to privilege those in "marriage-like" relationships through what she terms a marriage mimicry model. She uses the law of domestic violence to critique this method of according benefits and protections. She traces the haphazard development of the law of domestic violence and argues that it has served to underprotect many of the victims of domestic violence because law makers have reflexively privileged marriage-like relationships without asking who is most in need of protection. She argues that the legal system should disentangle benefits and protections from marriage and, instead, use a functional approach to deciding who receives benefits and protections.
Colker, Ruth, "Marriage Mimicry: The Law of Domestic Violence" .
William & Mary Law Review, Vol. 47, 200…

VICTORY!!! Senate passes VAWA!

From the National Center for Victims of Crime - update sent on 10/5/05:
Last night, the U.S. Senate passed its version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) (S.1197) by unanimous consent. The House of Representatives had previously passed its version of VAWA as part of the Department of Justice Reauthorization Act (H.R. 3402). Passage of these bills was made possible by the hard work and unwavering dedication of advocates across the country. Your calls, letters, and e-mails in support of VAWA kept the pressure on Congress. Thank you for all of your hard work!

We are extremely grateful for our Senate champions who pressed on through several last-minute, seemingly insurmountable obstacles to get VAWA to the floor for a vote. Throughout the last year, Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) and Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE) and their staffs worked tirelessly with us and our colleagues to craft a comprehensive VAWA bill and bring it to a vote in the Senate. Their dedication cannot be…