“Confronting Violence: Improving Women’s Lives” on Display in the Library Gallery until Monday, Sept. 9

Please visit the Library (Building 1L) Gallery to view, Confronting Violence: Improving Women’s Lives, a traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) on display until Monday, Sept. 9.

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 toward 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 toward 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.

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