My Partner, My Enemy: An Unflinching View of Domestic Violence and New Ways to Protect Victims

By John Michael Leventhal, Rowman & Littlefield, 2016. 249 pages

, New York Law Journal


Back in the day, the first stop for any judge newly assigned to a domestic violence part was a field trip to the Brooklyn courtroom of state Supreme Court Justice John Michael Leventhal. Leventhal, the presiding judge of the nation's first felony domestic violence court, was the embodiment of intelligence, compassion and common sense in a twilight zone where mostly male abusers controlled their female victims through physical violence and emotional terror.

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