Women, Violence and Social Change

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Women, Violence and Social Change demonstrates how refuges and shelters stand as the core of the battered women's movement, providing a basis for pragmatic support, political action and radical renewal. From this base movements in Britain and the United States have challenged the police, courts and social services to provide greater assistance to women. The book provides important evidence on the way social movements can successfully challenge institutions of the State as well as salutatory lessons on the nature of diverted and thwarted struggle.
Throughout the book the Dobashes' years of researching violence against women is illustrated in the depth of their analysis. They maintain the tradition established in their first book, Violence Against Wives, which was widely accalimed.
 

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Contents

1 VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
1
2 THE RISE OF THE MOVEMENT
15
3 REFUGES AND HOUSING
58
4 THE STATE PUBLIC POLICY AND SOCIAL CHANGE
96
5 CHALLENGING THE JUSTICE SYSTEM
142
6 NEW LAWS AND NEW REACTIONS
169
7 THE THERAPEUTIC SOCIETY CONSTRUCTS BATTERED WOMEN AND VIOLENT MEN
207
8 KNOWLEDGE AND SOCIAL CHANGE
244
9 INNOVATION AND SOCIAL CHANGE
277
NOTES
291
SELECTED REFERENCES
350
NAME INDEX
357
SUBJECT INDEX
363
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