No Justice Without Care: Feminist Psychology on the Legal Process of Domestic Violence Cases
Involving 6 victims, 2 lawyers, 7 legal counselors, and a number of police officers and court officials, this research tried to reveal the psychological aspects that coloring the legal process strongly. The results show how difficult the process has been through by victims to get justice. The Law of the Elimination of Violence in the Family/Household is impeded on its implementation despite of the revision needed on several chapters. The legal counselors are restricted by institutional and personal limitations. The judicial personnel carry out the principle of objective law rigidly. However, they are influenced by personal biases unconsciously. The law becomes less objective, neutral, and rational than they expect. Actually, subjectivity and impartiality are needed to reach objectivity. However, they ought to be accompanied by psychological sensitivity with care within. Without care, justice is only a wish that is difficult to reach by the female victims. To bring it into reality, I propose the legal process that has perspective of feminist legal psychology emphasizes the ethics of care.
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