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This Article discusses the use of intentional tort actions by victims of domestic abuse who seek monetary damages. Part I discusses the phenomenon of domestic abuse, with emphasis on physical and emotional harm and factures that justify punitive and compensatory damage awards. Part II discusses the torts of battery, assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress, and the appropriateness of these actions in domestic abuse cases. Part III discusses the interspousal immunity doctrine and demonstrates the limited extent to which the doctrine bars domestic abuse tort actions. Finally Part IV discusses judicial acceptance of tort actions in domestic abuse cases. An appendix, which lists reported cases, follows the article.

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43 S. C. L. Rev. 543