It would seem, they argue, that we are ignoring human nature, putting principle above the lives involved and creating an unproductive antagonism between the system and some victims. Many battered women, for instance, don't want their men arrested or put away. The questioners, who include academics, crime experts, black feminists and social workers, are wondering aloud if we have come to rely too much on the law to solve a problem that defies easy solutions. The New York Times Magazine offers <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2002/11/17/magazine/17VIOLENCE.html">a thought-provoking essay</a> on the vexing issue of domestic violence. Once ignored by the law, the feminist movement has successfully pushed for legislation to protect battered women and send the batterers to jail. However, evidence is mounting that this cure has brought with it its own problems. By reducing the parties involved in violent relationships to caricatures, the feminist-driven antiviolence programmes have ignored the complex emotional and material realities of these relationships, and in the process have very often brought about results which benefit neither the women nor the men. (The essay bizarrely ignores the fact that very often men often end up victims of spousal abuse too.) Thankfully, experts are in the process of experimenting with ways to resolve violent relationships which do benefit all the parties concerned.