Story: Domestic violence

Reclaim the night march

Reclaim the night march

This poster advertises a women's march against rape and violence. Marches such as these were used by Rape Crisis as a way of raising awareness of the problem. Rape is often an aspect of domestic violence, but until 1985 rape within marriage was not a criminal offence. Formed from the late 1970s, rape crisis centres, like women's refuges, provided support for victims and attempted to educate the public.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Domestic violence - Changing attitudes to violence, 1893 to 1985', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 October 2023)

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