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Name of Creator:Massachusetts Coalition of Battered Women's Service Groups.
Title:Massachusetts Coalition of Battered Women's Service Groups collection
Reference Code:M138
Location Code:71/2
Extent:0.15 cubic ft
Scope and Content Abstract:This collection features draft histories of the organization and the battered women's movement. It documents the overarching principles that guided the organization and the internal and external challenges it faced. The collection also describes a grassroots organization's efforts to train volunteers and professionals to support domestic violence victims in Massachusetts since the late 1970's. Documents include training materials, workshop notes, and conference agendas.
Historical Abstract: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.
Language and Scripts:Materials entirely in English.
System of Arrangement:Arranged in alphabetical order.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Massachusetts Coalition of Battered Women's Service Groups

  • Abused wives -- Services for -- Massachusetts
  • Social work with women -- Massachusetts
  • Women's shelters -- Massachusetts
  • Women's Rights -- Massachusetts

Conditions Governing Access:The collection is unrestricted.
Related Archival Materials:

Women's Educational Center (Cambridge, Mass.) records (M47)

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:*/

Processor:Finding aid prepared by Kendra Kelley, December 2007