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Who Is Liable When a Batterer Kills?  

Author:  Anne L. Perry, J. D..; Joan Zorza, J.D..

Source: Volume 03, Number 01, Summer 2010 , pp.41-46(6)

Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly

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Can entities such as a government, a hospital, or a battered women’s shelter be held liable if a woman is killed by her abusive partner? This article describes three recent decisions where this issue was specifically considered. The cases include a judgment against the Turkish government, a mental hospital that discharged a psychotic patient who murdered his wife, and a battered women’s shelter for failure to install adequate security devices.


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