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Confronting Violence: Improving Women's Lives

by Mark Aaron Polger on 2019-07-01T12:51:51-04:00 | 0 Comments

Confronting Violence: Improving Women's Lives

an Exhibition from the National Library of Medicine (NLM)

July 8, 2019- September 9, 2019

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. Nurses pushed the larger medical community to identify victims of battering, adequately respond to victims' needs and work towards prevention. With passion and persistence, they worked to reform a medical profession that overwhelmingly 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.  Confronting Violence chronicles the experiences of these passionate, persistent nurses, who changed the medical profession and dramatically improved services to victims of domestic violence in the latter half of the 20th century. 

The online component of this exhibit provides access to teaching resources for K12 and College students, such as lesson plans, online learning activities, the curator's bibliography, and other educational resources from the NLM. 

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