Story: Domestic violence

National Council of Women

National Council of Women

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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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Domestic violence - Changing attitudes to violence, 1893 to 1985', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 May 2023)

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