Do We See Victims’ Agency? Criminal Justice and Gender Violence in Spain

Jenny Cubells, Andrea Calsamiglia

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© 2017, Springer Science+Business Media B.V. The Spanish criminal justice system has a specific Law for Gender Violence (1/2004). This article addresses what happens when a law with a feminist perspective is implemented in a predominantly patriarchal institution. The main aim of this paper is to approach women’s experiences in the Spanish criminal justice system, analysed as a technology of power producing women’s subjectivities, and focusing on their agency. We used a qualitative methodology with participant observation (24 sessions) and in-depth interviews with professionals working with gender violence (17) and women who reported gender violence by their heterosexual partner (11 individual and 1 group). We analysed data with the qualitative analysis software Atlas.ti. The results focus on subjective processes and agency among reporting violence, the expedited trial, protection and restraining orders, and probation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-127
JournalCritical Criminology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018


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