Jeannie Suk


On her book At Home in the Law: How the Domestic Violence Revolution is Transforming Privacy

Cover Interview of December 03, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“The legal idea of home is being transformed, and it matters.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“The imperative that the police should protect the home no longer primarily refers to protection from intruders but rather to protection from family members.”

On the second:

“It is difficult for prosecutors to prove violence when women won’t cooperate with the prosecution, especially in the case of misdemeanors, which don’t involve serious physical injury.  Violations of protection orders are far easier to prove.  They become proxy crimes, ways of circumventing the burden of proof.”