Date of Award

2016

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Criminology and Criminal Justice

First Advisor

Laura Hickman

Subjects

Feminism -- History, Abused women -- Social conditions, Social advocacy, Abused women -- Services for

DOI

10.15760/honors.300

Abstract

Only since the 1970s has there been societal interest in establishing Domestic Violence (DV) advocacy to address the violent oppression of women. The catalyst which brought this issue to the forefront of social consciousness was the Women’s Liberation Movement. The activism of the 1960s civil rights movements set the stage for the Battered Women’s Movement. Feminists recognized violence as a product of patriarchal society. Patriarchy, and with it personal and institutional violence, was embedded in every aspect of society. Shifting ideological and political views have influenced the evolution of DV advocacy from the grassroots activists’ fight for equality, to the modern professional approach to DV advocacy. In this shift in advocacy approaches, professionalization and political goals were either integrated with or replaced entirely the culture and goals of the grassroots movement. This transformation has occurred despite limited comparative, experimental study. This thesis will recommend comparative study to explore questions of (1) whether these shifting goals have been positive for victims of DV (2) how these goals are currently measured, and (3) how they should be measured.

Comments

An undergraduate honors thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of: Bachelor of Science in Portland State University Honors College and Criminology and Criminal Justice

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/17393

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