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2006

College of William & Mary Law School

Equal Protection

Criminal Law

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Marriage Mimicry: The Law Of Domestic Violence, Ruth Colker Apr 2006

Marriage Mimicry: The Law Of Domestic Violence, Ruth Colker

William & Mary Law Review

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 model. 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 lawmakers have reflexively only provided legal recourse for those in marriage-like relationships without asking who is most in need of legal protection. She argues that the legal ...