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The History of Domestic Violence in the United States

Summary: The history of domestic violence in the United States has shown that legal and social traditions permit and support the abuse of women and children. Although laws that supported domestic violence were repealed in the early 1900s, a successful organized response to it did not take root until the 1970s.

Historically, legal and social traditions in the United States have permitted and supported the abuse of women and children by the male head of household. This historical phenomenon helps explain why women are the primary victims of domestic violence. In this country, civil rights and legal responsibilities were first granted to free, property-owning men. Wives, children, and slaves were considered "chattel" or personal property of male citizens who were held responsible for their public behavior.

Common law and written statues in the late 1800's in the US regulated, but did not prohibit, the abuse of women and children. It was considered the duty of males to control their households and property. Within their own judgment and standards, men were allowed to use physical violence to discipline their family or household member.

In the 1600's in the Massachusetts Bay Colony husbands were also restricted from hitting their wives on...

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