歐美研究季刊第46卷第1期 - page 78

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organizations and others. Accordingly, the police have to work with
non-police agencies, such as housing authorities, to conduct
reconnaissance on convicted perpetrators, and to make predictive
analysis, which will generate a list of households to patrol.
(4)
Along the lines of preemption, deterrence, and predictive analysis,
governments and police forces everywhere now have some precise
details of the (prototype) legal measures and police strategies
to
model after in order to combat VAW. Singly, or collectively, these
proactive measures aim at preventing this phenomenon.
V. Further Issues
With these basic details in place, it might be said the
cornerstone of the policing approach has been set. If so, then let me
venture further and explore a couple of issues. First, a worry might
be that
this alternative approach has exaggerated its claims of
originality
by downplaying the existing multi-pronged approaches,
notably, the due diligence standard, which already subsume
prevention. Second, and the opposite of over-claiming, another
worry might be that this alternative approach is unduly narrow in
scope. Mainly confined to police-centric strategies, a wide array of
concerns relating to VAW has been excluded. This is problematic,
especially in regard to co-nationals with ambiguous immigrant
status, for it is well-known that involving the police can often do
more harm than good. Thus, in spite of making a noble effort, the
police-led approach is limited.
Let’s start with the first issue. I should immediately
acknowledge that notions of reforming the law and the police from
a want of protections for victims of “personal violence” can be
traced to at least as early as the classic treatise by John Stuart Mill
(1988: 33, 36-37, 86), with Harriet Taylor, whose co-authored
thesis most assuredly, and most anxiously, cast a long shadow over
all considerations of the oppression of women and related issues,
including VAW. Seen in this light, one might argue, the originality
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