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Massachusetts Coalition of Battered Women's Service Groups collection

 Collection
Identifier: M138

Overview

During the winter of 1978, a group of feminists gathered to discuss forming an organization to support battered women and to combat domestic violence in Massachusetts. The discussion resulted in the formation of the Massachusetts Coalition of Battered Women's Service Groups, a statewide organization that would both finance local organizations and address the needs of battered women across Massachusetts. In its 20 years of activity, the coalition organized fundraising efforts, political campaigns, and training workshops to focus attention on the issue of domestic abuse. Highlights of the groups organizational efforts include the annual Jane Doe 10K Walk for Women's Safety and the group's ongoing lobbying efforts for legislation on behalf of victims of domestic abuse. In 1990 the coalition published For Shelter and Beyond, which details the philosophy, tasks, skills, and information needed to help battered women in shelters. In 1998, the coalition merged with the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault to form Jane Doe, Inc.

Dates

  • 1979-1981

Creator

Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:

Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the University Archivist.

Chronology

  • 1978 Groups of feminist activists forms the Massachusetts Coalition of Battered Women's Services Groups to unite state feminist groups.
  • 1978 Coalition supports passages of the Abuse Prevention Act by the Massachusetts legislature.
  • 1979 Coalition receives a federal grant from the Community Services Administration.
  • 1980 Mass. Coalition member Esther Mosak presents her paper, “Coalition—Building and the Battered Women's Movement” at the First National Conference Against Domestic Violence in Washington, D.C.
  • 1981 Coalition initiates training and planning sessions to assess the organization's strengths and weaknesses.
  • 1990 Coalition publishes For Shelter and Beyond.
  • 1992 Massachusetts Governor Weld chooses coalition's office to sign into law bill criminalizing stalking.
  • 1993 Coalition uses state funds to launch a media campaign to increase education about domestic violence.
  • Jane Doe 10K Walk for Women's Safety raises $350,000.
  • 1996 Coalition launches protest fundraiser, encouraging people to donate the cost of a commercial videotape about the O. J. Simpson case to batter women's causes.
  • 1998 Coalition and the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault merge to form Jane Doe, Inc.
1978
Groups of feminist activists forms the Massachusetts Coalition of Battered Women's Services Groups to unite state feminist groups.
1978
Coalition supports passages of the Abuse Prevention Act by the Massachusetts legislature.
1979
Coalition receives a federal grant from the Community Services Administration.
1980
Mass. Coalition member Esther Mosak presents her paper, “Coalition—Building and the Battered Women's Movement” at the First National Conference Against Domestic Violence in Washington, D.C.
1981
Coalition initiates training and planning sessions to assess the organization's strengths and weaknesses.
1990
Coalition publishes For Shelter and Beyond.
1992
Massachusetts Governor Weld chooses coalition's office to sign into law bill criminalizing stalking.
1993
Coalition uses state funds to launch a media campaign to increase education about domestic violence.
Jane Doe 10K Walk for Women's Safety raises $350,000.
1996
Coalition launches protest fundraiser, encouraging people to donate the cost of a commercial videotape about the O. J. Simpson case to batter women's causes.
1998
Coalition and the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault merge to form Jane Doe, Inc.

Extent

0.15 cubic feet (1 container)

System of Arrangement:

Arranged in alphabetical order.

Physical Location

71/2

Related Archival Materials:

Women's Educational Center (Cambridge, Mass.) records (M047)

A microfilmed version of the Massachusetts Coalition of Batter Women Service Groups records is located in the Archives Faculty Publications Collection filed under Grassroots Feminist Organizations.

The Archives and Special Collections Department capture the website content of the Massachusetts Coalition of Batter Women Service Groups, which is accessible at: http://wayback.archive-it.org/1747/*/http://www.janedoe.org/

Bibliography

  • Schechter, Susan. Women and Male Violence: The Visions and Struggles of the Battered Women's Movement. Boston : South End Press, 1982.
  • Jane Doe, Inc. website (http://www.janedoe.org/) Copyright, 2002. Retrieved October 11, 2007
Title
Finding aid for the Massachusetts Coalition of Battered Women's Service Groups Collection
Author
Finding aid prepared by Kendra Kelley
Date
December 2007
Language of description
Description is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
92 Snell Library
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston MA 02115 US