oa Fundamina : A Journal of Legal History - Explaining domestic violence in Aboriginal communities : the relevance of the public / private dichotomy
The decade of the eighties has been characterised by feminist efforts to explore law and policy relating to male violence against women in intimate relationships. The focus of literature in this respect centred around one aspect of the dichotomy, namely between family and state. This resulted in bringing matters formerly treated as private family matters into the public domain. The function of this dichotomy in relation to diverse groups of women is well documented. However, one group of women - Aboriginal women - has traditionally been omitted from this analysis.
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