Time Line of Battered Woman's Movement

Events

Chiswick Women's Aid, first Domestic Violence Sheter opend in England

1971

Women's Advocates, Inc established hotline in St. Paul Minnosota

1972

First telephone crisis center opened in US. Provided informal shelter in own homes.

Rainbow Retreat in Phoenix Arizona opened

1973

First shelter for battered women in United States

Haven House in Pasadema, California opened

1974

Maria Roy began Abused Women's Aid in Crisis in NYC

1975

The Wife Assault Take Force opened in Ann Arbor, Michigan

1975

Local shelter which also produced manuals for others wanting to set up shelters and provide counseling.

Oregon becomes first state to legislate mandated arrests in Domestic Violence cases

1976

Abused Women's Aid in Crisis opened shelter in Manhattan

1976

Pennsylvania becomes first state to pass legislation providing protect orders for women

1976

Pennsylvania establishes first state coalition against Domestic Violence

10/1976

Emerge, the first counseling program for men who batter founded in Boston

1977

National Women's Conference in Houston passes resolution urging local, state, and federal levels to establish and support battered women programs

1977

Over 250 shelters exist

1979

Ohio, Florida, Montana, California, and Pennsylvania impose special surcharges on marriage licenses to raise funds for shelters

1980

45 states and DC made special legal provisions for cases of wife beating

1980

Made it difficult to ignore wife beating, clarified legal rights of victims and raise costs of wife beating for assailants who are charged