Violence and Gender: Overview

Gender and violence are coupled in the understanding of violence against women. The relationship between gender and violence has been controversial for decades and has been explored by researchers and practitioners alike. This entry summarizes the history of the intersection of gender and violence, reviews critiques of the gender-based framework for violence, provides contemporary explanations for violence based on gender, provides definitions and rates of various forms of violence based on gender, and explores advancements in intervention and prevention.

Overview and History

Gender has been at the center of the feminist movement in the United States since its inception in the mid-1800s. Women activists brought the inequalities that they faced to the forefront on critical issues such as suffrage, equality in the workplace, access to education, ...

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