From the Margins to the Mainstream

The Domestic Violence Services Movement in Victoria, Australia, 1974-2016

Jacqui Theobald, Suellen Murray, Judith Smart
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13 November 2017

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From the Margins to the Mainstream

The Domestic Violence Services Movement in Victoria, Australia, 1974-2016

Jacqui Theobald, Suellen Murray, Judith Smart
In the aftermath of the 2015 Victorian royal commission, billions of dollars of government funds have been committed to improving responses to women and children experiencing domestic violence. Such attention was unimaginable forty years ago when feminists in Victoria and across Australia first established women's refuges. At that time, domestic violence was not publicly acknowledged or tackled in any coherent way at a Commonwealth or state government policy level. While services that provided accommodation to women and children in crisis had certainly existed for a long time, the refuge movement of the 1970s made explicit the link between domestic violence and the need for refuge, framing domestic violence as a manifestation of gender inequality and an imbalance of power between men and women. This book illuminates how the women's domestic violence services movement in Victoria emerged, how members organised amidst diversity and worked towards achieving their goals, made sense of…
In the aftermath of the 2015 Victorian royal commission, billions of dollars of government funds have been committed to improving responses to women and children experiencing domestic violence. Such attention was unimaginable forty years ago when feminists in Victoria and across Australia first established women's refuges. At that time, domestic violence was not publicly acknowledged or tackled in any coherent way at a Commonwealth or state government policy level. While services that provided accommodation to women and children in crisis had certainly existed for a long time, the refuge movement of the 1970s made explicit the link between domestic violence and the need for refuge, framing domestic violence as a manifestation of gender inequality and an imbalance of power between men and women. This book illuminates how the women's domestic violence services movement in Victoria emerged, how members organised amidst diversity and worked towards achieving their goals, made sense of their experiences and dealt with the obstacles they encountered while undertaking action to create significant change for women.

Judith Smart

Dr Judith Smart is Adjunct Professor at RMIT University. She has published on 20th century Australian women’s organisations, as well as on women and political protest, particularly during World War I. 

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Jacqui Theobald

Jacqui Theobald

Dr Jacqui Theobald is a lecturer in social work and social policy at La Trobe University Bendigo in the La Trobe Rural Health School. Jacqui has published on the history of Victorian domestic violence services, homelessness and violence against young women.  

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Suellen Murray

Associate Professor Suellen Murray is the Deputy Dean Research and Innovation in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University. Suellen has specialised in research regarding violence against women and its related policy and practice responses.

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