This historical analysis explores the evolution of societal perception of domestic violence and domestic violence victims in the United States from the 17th to the 21st century. Laws and policies, relevant court cases, social movements, and literature and media from each century are reviewed in order to analyze the development of domestic violence as a recognized social problem. Emphasis is placed on the period between the 1970s and the 21st century, a time marked by the development and impact of the battered women's movement. The analysis shows that public awareness of domestic violence as a social problem has grown over the past three centuries, resulting in policy change and condemnation of domestic violence in the media. However, victims of domestic violence are often blamed for their victimization. In the United States, there is a need for more emphasis on domestic violence as a societal problem rather than an individual problem.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
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