Story: Domestic violence

Punishing violent men

Punishing violent men

Men's violence to women and girls was of great concern to 19th-century feminists, and was one of the reasons that they campaigned for the vote. After the franchise was won in 1893, some women's groups continued to lobby for other reforms. In 1895 the Dunedin Women's Franchise League called for men committing violent crimes against females to be lashed – a suggestion that was lampooned in this cartoon entitled 'Sing Hey the Merry Cat-O'-Nine-Tails'.

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National Library of New Zealand, Papers Past
Reference: Observer, 4 May 1895, p. 1

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Domestic violence - Domestic violence in the 19th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/cartoon/28284/punishing-violent-men (accessed 15 November 2019)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 19 Jul 2018