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Interrupted LifeExperiences of Incarcerated Women in the United States$
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Rickie Solinger and Rebecca Sharitz

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520252493

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520252493.001.0001

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Free Battered Women

Free Battered Women

(p.338) 66 Free Battered Women
Interrupted Life

Linda Field

Andrea Bible

University of California Press

Of the nearly 12,000 women incarcerated in California's state prisons in 2007, the vast majority have survived physical, sexual, emotional, and economic abuse by an intimate partner before entering prison. A disproportionate number are women of color whose efforts to gain and maintain a sense of safety for themselves and their children were systematically blocked by the institutional racism and other forms of oppression that they had experienced throughout their lives. Free Battered Women (FBW) works to end the revictimization of incarcerated survivors of domestic violence as part of the movement for racial justice and the struggle to resist all forms of intimate partner violence against women and transgendered people. After many years, society finally has recognized the experiences of battered women in prison. The legislature in California and in many other states now acknowledge that something has to be done for battered women who were incarcerated before the present laws came into effect. The California Habeas Project has become a light in the darkness for wrongfully incarcerated women.

Keywords:   Free Battered Women, domestic violence, incarcerated women, California, battered women, racial justice, women of color, racism

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