Part I of this article will recount the legal system's inadequate response to battered wives. Part II will examine the Judeo-Christian religious teachings that give rise to negative attitudes about women and justify the domination of wives by husbands. Part III will then analyze a variety of judicial opinions in which these teachings are manifested. Finally, Part IV will suggest that as feminist theologians work to change the patriarchal religious doctrines which lead to wife abuse, feminist lawyers can both exert legal pressure on organized religion and sensitively take into account the religious experiences of battered wives when formulating legal strategies to assist these women.

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