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Juley Fulcher & Shaina Goodman

In: Gender and Women's Leadership: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 27: Women's Leadership in the Domestic Violence Movement

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Women's Leadership in the Domestic Violence Movement
Women's leadership in the domestic violence movement

The domestic violence movement in the United States,1 from its emergence in the 1970s and into today, has largely been conceptualized as—and has in reality been—a women's movement, about issues primarily facing women and with women almost exclusively directing, guiding, and leading it. Throughout the movement's history, even as it has grown and changed, women have been at the forefront, challenging us to recognize domestic violence, developing ways to help survivors, and striving to change our social institutions and values for the better. As Rita Smith, the ...

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