Amidst the cascade of high-profile cases of domestic abuse in the recent past, it is easy to forget that, not too long ago, Americans didn't view domestic abuse as a problem worth talking about. Men battered women, but this happened in the privacy of home and within the intimate confines of marriage. As a result, police and policymakers looked the other way and women were intimidated into silence. Through the work of feminist activists, as historian Peggy Solic explains this month, something that was once considered acceptable and private has become unacceptable and public.
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