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Author Diver, Cara, author

Title Marital violence in post-independence Ireland, 1922-96 : : 'A living tomb for women' / Cara Diver
Published Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2019
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Summary Marital violence in post-independence Ireland, 1922-96 represents the first comprehensive history of marital violence in modern Ireland, from the founding of the Irish Free State in 1922 to the passage of the Domestic Violence Act and the legalisation of divorce in 1996. Based upon extensive research of under-used court records, this groundbreaking study sheds light on the attitudes, practices, and laws surrounding marital violence in twentieth-century Ireland. While many men beat their wives with impunity throughout this period, victims of marital violence had little refuge for at least fifty years after independence. During a time when most abused wives remained locked in violent marriages, this book explores the ways in which men, women, and children responded to marital violence. It raises important questions about women's status within marriage and society, the nature of family life, and the changing ideals and lived realities of the modern marital experience in Ireland
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource ; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed May 21, 2019)
Subject Abused wives -- Ireland -- History -- 20th century
Marital violence -- Ireland -- History -- 20th century
Abused wives.
HISTORY / Europe / Ireland
Marital violence.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Security.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Services & Welfare.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2018276707
ISBN 1526120127 (electronic bk.)
9781526120120 (electronic bk.)