Nancy Lemon cited by KTVU, January 30, 2014
During the four day trial, Nancy Lemon, UC Berkeley Law lecturer and leading authority on domestic violence, testified that Paulo suffered from battered woman syndrome and had a clear history of being abused physically and emotionally by her boyfriend over several years.
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Nancy Lemon cited by KTVU, January 30, 2014
Nancy Lemon quoted in California Lawyer Magazine, January 2013
“Statistically, when battered moms bring up domestic violence in mediation before a custody hearing, they are less likely to be awarded custody,” says Nancy Lemon, a UC Berkeley law professor, FVAP’s legal director, and the drafter of section 3044. “It’s baffling. And the only way to reverse these adverse decisions is via appeal.”
Nancy Lemon quoted in San Jose Mercury News, October 11, 2012
One domestic violence expert in particular, however, says that Mirkarimi fits into the abuser narrative: “denying, not taking responsibility, saying it was just a grab, not a big deal,” said Nancy K.D. Lemon…. It is also typical for victims of domestic violence to minimize the actions of their abusers. “There’s mixed messages coming down,” Lemon said Wednesday. “One of the messages is you can do this and get away with it. That’s dangerous. The second is saying the sheriff is held to a lower standard than his own deputies.”
Nancy Lemon quoted in The San Francisco Public Press, September 24, 2012
“They should assume from day one that the victim will not want to participate later on,” said Nancy Lemon, a professor at UC Berkeley’s School of Law and author of the text “Domestic Violence Law.” She called this practice “evidence-based prosecution.”
Nancy Lemon cited in The Recorder, May 22, 2012
Legal ethics experts say that the conversation between Manning, who is accused of killing her husband after what she says were years of domestic abuse, and Lemon, a lecturer at UC Berkeley School of Law who specializes in domestic abuse, should never have been recorded at all, let alone used as evidence in a trial.
Nancy Lemon cited in San Francisco Chronicle, May 8, 2012
On Monday, the mayor’s attorneys filed a list of six expert witnesses likely to be called during removal proceedings before the city’s Ethics Commission…. They include UC Berkeley law school domestic violence expert Nancy Lemon, who wrote “Domestic Violence Law.”
Nancy Lemon mentioned in San Francisco Chronicle, March 10, 2012
On Friday, the trial judge said he would allow UC Berkeley law school lecturer Nancy Lemon, a renowned expert in domestic violence, to take the witness stand for prosecutors…. Lemon also can discuss the typical behavior of batterers and methods they use to exert power and control over their victims.
SF Weekly, January 10, 2012 by Joe Eskenazi
Lemon says. “A century ago we thought it was a private, family matter. We found a lot of people were hurt―or killed.” Rather than treat domestic violence as a domestic problem, Lemon notes, it is now seen as a crime against the state. That’s why prosecutors can move ahead with charges, even if the alleged victim refuses to cooperate, or even actively opposes the process.
The New York Times, October 13, 2011 by Nancy K. D. Lemon and Heather B. Warnken
There is no special battered woman’s defense. What we are talking about is evidentiary support — highly relevant and admissible — as to whether or not the defendant reasonably believed that her life was in danger.
San Francisco Chronicle, May 26, 2011 by Nancy K.D. Lemon
Most women now going to prison (and many men) are there for nonviolent crimes such as drug possession—why are we spending an average of $50,000 per year per person to lock them up when we could spend less money to provide community-based drug programs that would address their underlying problems?
Ms., Fall 2010 by Nancy Lemon
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The problem of courts awarding custody of children to batterers is a huge one, affecting thousands of mothers and children across the U.S. every day. This takes a huge financial and emotional toll on the mothers, and many children are deeply emotionally hurt in the process. All too frequently, children are also physically abused and some are even killed by the batterers.
YubaNet.com, July 2, 2010 by California Partnership to End Domestic Violence
Nancy Lemon … said that abusers will frequently use the presence and threat of firearms as a means of coercing and controlling their victims. “Battered women are not only shot daily by batterers, they are terrorized by their batterers’ possession of guns,” she said. “They are often forced to submit to nonconsensual sex or other abuse because they are afraid the batterer might shoot them or the children. Victims and their children are much less safe in their homes once a firearm is present.”
California Lawyer, March 2010 by Nancy K. D. Lemon
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Under California Penal Code section 1203.097, a batterer’s counseling is a term of probation after a conviction or guilty plea, and the probation can be revoked for noncompliance.
The Daily Californian, September 16, 2009 by Alan Cai
According to Nancy Lemon, a lecturer at Boalt Hall School of Law who studies domestic violence, agencies for the abused are a critical resource that have reduced homicide rates and ultimately save the state money. “Since each homicide costs approximately $1 million to the state for law enforcement, prosecution, jail, court time and other expenses, it is also indeed cost-saving to fund shelters,” she said.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 10, 2009 by Nancy D. Lemon
Sommers seems to have made a career out of attacking other academics and researchers and disagreeing with their findings, citing the same assertions repeatedly over at least the last 15 years, even in the face of evidence contradicting her claims. It seems I have the honor of being her most recent target…. It is important for students to receive accurate information; good scholarship requires nothing less.
Eureka Times Standard, August 3, by Thadeus Greenson
Nancy Lemon said financial dependence, wanting to keep a family together, immigration issues, family and religious pressures and a fear of retaliation can all play a role…. Faced with an alleged victim whose story has changed, Lemon said there are a variety of things prosecutors can do to proceed with the case…. “One of them is actually to call an expert witness. They would explain to the jury what the pressures are on victims not to go forward.”
-KPCC Los Angeles, Patt Morrison, June 25
“I’m actually concerned because I think this case creates an incentive for batterers to kill their victims. If their victim is still alive, it’s easier for the prosecution to prove that the victim is being kept away. If she’s dead there’s no way to prove that.”
-KGO Talk Radio, 2 pm news hour, June 26, Gil Gross
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“We need to give prosecutors the tools they need to convict people who kill their partners.”
The Times-Standard, March 23, by Thadeus Greenson
“The main goal was just to make it equal,” Lemon said, adding that she and others faced some opposition in changing the law. “I think No. 1 was the assumption that when people marry, they consent to sex—that wives consent to sex at any time, and don’t really have the right to say no.”
Eureka Times Standard, March 10, by Thadeus Greenson
“Typically batterers can be wonderful, loving, sweet people, sometimes, and victims are often hoping they will return back to the person they have been,” Lemon said. “There’s always the hope that he will change.”
Bay City News Wire, July 4
“Lemon argued that a ‘lull in physical violence’ doesn’t necessarily mean that an abuser won’t resume physical attacks…”