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An investigation into the cases of battered mothers sent to prison for failing to stop their partner from abusing their child.

A worthwhile insight into the lives of mothers who suffer violence at the hands of their partners, and whose children are killed by the partner. In more than half of US states, a law exists which incriminates such women for injury to child “by omission”, i.e. for what they did not do. These laws punish women who fail to stop their partner from harming the child in the same way as though they had harmed the child themselves, while the father often receives a lesser sentence. This is a case of fundamental misconceptions about the psychological implications of abusive relationships, and societal expectations of mothers vs fathers.

This article is very long, however you will get the main message if you read up to one third of the way down the page – the rest is extra detail into the cases investigated.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/alexcampbell/how-the-law-turns-battered-women-into-criminals#3yxrpyc

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