Law enforcement versus battered women: The conflict over the lautenberg amendment

Madelaine Adelman, Phoebe Morgan

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Since the early 1970s, law enforcement agencies have made great strides in improving their response to domestic violence. However, attempts to reform the 1996 Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban Act (P.L. 104-208, section 658, 1997) pitted law enforcement against the battered women's movement. Contra predictions of system equilibrium, in this competition - between the victims of the new law (law enforcement officers) and the victims whom the new law intended to protect (battered women) - decision makers chose battered women over law enforcement officers. This article examines why this conflict developed, identifies the strategies that won in this conflict, and considers the impact of this conflict on domestic violence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-45
Number of pages18
JournalAffilia - Journal of Women and Social Work
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2006


  • Domestic violence
  • Gun control
  • Lautenberg Amendment
  • Law reform

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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