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Violence against women
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This chapter outlines the theoretical and practical responses to the issue of violence against women. Women's Aid (WA) was effective in expanding the reach of 1970s feminism. Internationally the women's liberation movement (WLM) played a leading role in theorising the issue of violence against women. Reclaim the Night (RTN) was a direct challenge to the commonly held argument that to avoid sexual assault women should remain indoors and avoid walking alone at night. RTN was also an effective method in mobilising women in other towns outside of the main urban centres of women's liberation politics. Inspired by the work of WA supporters, feminists established a Rape Crisis Centre (RCC) network in Scotland. RCC campaigners also tried to combat myths about rape. Although violence against women activists had been influenced by revolutionary feminist thinking, most of their actions were more directly aligned to a reformist agenda.

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