The Laws of Chastisement dating back to ancient Roman times for Domestic Violence

In a recent post, we mentioned’ the Laws of Chastisement dating back to ancient Roman times as–at least in part—being the reason that domestic violence has continued throughout the millennium and is still so widespread today. When the first settlers arrived those rules were implemented here as well.
In 1871, Alabama became the first state to rescind the right of men to beat their wives. Massachusetts followed suit. Then, in 1874, the Supreme Court of North Carolina ruled that a man had no right to chastise his wife for any reason. In 1882, Maryland became the first state to declare wife beating a crime, punishable by a year in jail or 40 lashes.
Haven House was a shelter founded in 1964 in Pasadena, California for abused women married to alcoholic men. Crisis hotlines and shelters for abused women began popping up in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. Also in the 1970’s, women began to organize to take a stand against domestic violence and the slogan, “We Will Not Be Beaten” was adopted. During this decade, the police department in Richmond, California became the first to train its officers in domestic crisis intervention.
We will continue the history in our post for tomorrow. Thank you for your continued support.
(Reported from Domestic Violence Awareness Virtual Vigil Facebook)
If you are a victim of abuse, call the (US) national toll-free hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). TTY 1-800-787-3224.

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