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Title:Massachusetts Coalition of Battered Women's Service Groups collection
Call Number:M138

Historical Note

1978Groups of feminist activists forms the Massachusetts Coalition of Battered Women's Services Groups to unite state feminist groups.
1978Coalition supports passages of the Abuse Prevention Act by the Massachusetts legislature.
1979Coalition receives a federal grant from the Community Services Administration.
1980Mass. 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.
1981Coalition initiates training and planning sessions to assess the organization's strengths and weaknesses.
1990Coalition publishes For Shelter and Beyond.
1992Massachusetts Governor Weld chooses coalition's office to sign into law bill criminalizing stalking.
1993Coalition 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.
1996Coalition launches protest fundraiser, encouraging people to donate the cost of a commercial videotape about the O. J. Simpson case to batter women's causes.
1998Coalition and the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault merge to form Jane Doe, Inc.

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 ( Copyright, 2002. Retrieved October 11, 2007