Gendered and Racialised Power and the Law

  • Heather NancarrowEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Victims and Victimology book series (PSVV)


This chapter addresses the complex set of interrelated factors that explain the research findings: laws designed to stop men’s violence against women result in criminalisation of women, and these negative consequences are more pronounced for Indigenous than non-Indigenous women. There are three key explanatory factors: the role of formal equality in the law embeds gender and racialised power relationships; formulaic implementation of the law reinforces those power relationships, and early feminist advocacy had not envisioned the more complex set of meanings and motivations for violence in couple relationships. The chapter addresses patriarchal power in the law but focuses more on racialised power and intersectionality, since that is the primary concern of the book and it has been less often explored in the Australian violence against women literature.


Domestic violence Gendered power Racialised power Patriarchal power Law Formulaic Intersectionality Fights Indigenous advocacy Chaos Race relations Criminal law Civil law Offence of coercive control 


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