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date: 27 May 2020

Domestic Violence. 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to United States History
Author(s):
Linda GordonLinda Gordon

In the late twentieth century, a revived feminist movement forced “domestic violence” into public view. Previously called “wife-beating,” the newer, somewhat oblique term reflected the understanding that many victims are not wives but girlfriends, and very occasionally husbands or boyfriends. “Domestic violence” consists primarily of violence against women.... ...

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