Week 11

Survive and punished

Key Questions

  • How are survivors of violence punished by the carceral system? How do various carceral systems — prisons, jails, ICE, child protective services — collectively interact to punish survivors?

  • What are the ways in which the criminalization of survival has been resisted? How can this be contextualized within a broader anti-carceral movement?

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The state — and its attendant tentacles (prisons, jails, police, etc.) — is typically portrayed as a savior or protector in regard to intimate partner violence. However, both the state and abusive partners operate through similar actions and logics. What connection can be drawn between these two types of violence? Use the diagram below to map out the similarities between intimate partner violence and state violence.