Confronting Violence, Improving Women’s Lives

The exhibit is on the 1st floor of the Strauss Health Sciences Library and is on display November 19, 2018 to January 5, 2019.

Confronting Violence Poster

Activists and reformers in the United States have long recognized the harm of domestic violence and sought to improve the lives of women who were battered. During the late 20th century, nurses took up the call. With passion and persistence, they worked to reform a medical profession that largely dismissed or completely failed to acknowledge violence against women as a serious health issue. Beginning in the late 1970s, nurses were in the vanguard as they pushed the larger medical community to identify victims, adequately respond to their needs, and work towards the prevention of domestic violence. This is their story.

Credit line: The National Library of Medicine produced this exhibition.
Curated by Catherine Jacquet, PhD