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Communities Unite- Origins of the DV Movement


It is easy to take for granted the network of local, state and national organizations that currently offer protection to domestic violence survivors. However, the struggle against domestic violence has been a difficult one, requiring both passing legislation and changing social attitudes about the problems we face.

In the 1960's many doctors believed that there are times that a man beating his wife was actually a good thing. They called it “violent, temporary therapy."[1] In 1992 there were states that didn't consider "marital rape" an actual criminal act of rape.[2] Even now, in 2017, when a person is abused, many people's first reaction isn't to ask "why does the offender abuse his partner?" Instead their instinct is to ask "why did she stay?"

Like CASA, the modern movement to end domestic violence began in the 1970’s as a grassroots effort by a patchwork of individual activists, emergency crisis hotlines and newly formed organizations.[3] As these groups gained experience and expertise, they banded together in local, state and national coalitions such as the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, of which CASA is a founding member.

Despite great progress in the decades since then, society started at such a low point that a great deal more remains to be done. In fact, approximately 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will be victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime[4], a statistic that doesn’t even include emotional abuse or extreme controlling behavior.

[1] Source: http://time.com/3426225/domestic-violence-therapy
[2] Source: http://www.impowr.org/content/law-reform-efforts-rape-and-sexual-assault-united-states-america
[3] Source: http://www.icadvinc.org/what-is-domestic-violence/history-of-battered-womens-movement/
[4] Source: http://ncadv.org/learn-more/statistics


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