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Domestic FortressFear and the New Home Front$
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Rowland Atkinson and Sarah Blandy

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781784995300

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784995300.001.0001

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Withdraw, defend or destroy

Withdraw, defend or destroy

(p.132) 7 Withdraw, defend or destroy
Domestic Fortress

Rowland Atkinson

Sarah Blandy

Manchester University Press

Here we discuss the balance of responsibility between the state and the individual homeowner to protect the home, against the background of a lack of confidence in governments' ability to prevent crime and the rising sense of victimhood in popular culture and criminal justice systems. The focus of this chapter is on the legal position of the homeowner who uses lethal force in defence of their home. Illustrated by high-profile cases, developments in the law on defence and revenge are analysed and comparisons are made between the US, the UK and Australia.

Keywords:   Domestic law, Burglary, Homeownership, Neoliberalism, Housing tenure, Fear of crime

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