Alcohol-related violence was one of the most frequently discussed issues at meetings of the National Council of Women, formed in 1896. Although women won the vote in 1893, they were barred from effective participation in politics and government for many years, and this restricted their ability to achieve legal changes in relation to domestic violence. The National Council of Women, a coalition of representatives of women's organisations often referred to as 'the women's parliament', was one of the few places the problem was aired and analysed. These delegates are at the 1896 women's convention in Christchurch at which the council was set up.
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