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History and Memories of the Domestic Violence MovementWe've Come Further Than You Think$
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Gill Hague

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781447356325

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447356325.001.0001

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Wider feminist principles and domestic violence: making a new world

Wider feminist principles and domestic violence: making a new world

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History and Memories of the Domestic Violence Movement

Gill Hague

Policy Press

This chapter continues the discussion of the underly principles of the domestic violence movement. It debates its foundation in ideas about self-determination and empowerment for women survivors/victims of violence. It documents the struggles in the movement against racism, oppression and inequality. It also asks if the movement was sometimes slightly idealistic in its attempts to flatten hierarchies and break down power differences between women of different backgrounds and between women using the services and those providing them. The chapter discusses the commitment of the movement to being women only (with the contradictions this involves) after the decision to exclude men from the mid-1970s on. The chapter also discusses the reasons for the end of most of the collectives after twenty or more years in the early 2000s. The chapter concludes with a poem celebrating the early work into the 1990s of Bristol Women’s Aid.

Keywords:   self-determination, empowerment, power differences, end of collectives

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