This book examines the strength of laws addressing four types of violence against women--rape, marital rape, domestic violence, and sexual harassment--in 196 countries from 2007 to 2010. It analyzes why these laws exist in some places and not others, and why they are stronger or weaker in places where they do exist. The authors have compiled original data that allow them to test various hypotheses related to whether international law drives the enactment of domestic legal protections. They also examine the ways in which these legal protections are related to economic, political, and social institutions, and how transnational society affects the presence and strength of these laws. The original data produced for this book make a major contribution to comparisons and analyses of gender violence and law worldwide.
David L. Richards is Associate Professor of Political Science and Human Rights at the University of Connecticut.
Jillienne Haglund is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis and will join the Department of Political Science at the University of Kentucky as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2015.