Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Social Work


Sociology, Social Structure and Development.


Phillips, Lynne,




The aim of this thesis is to hear abused women's perspectives on the new integrated approach to domestic violence and to analyze how the state addresses feminist demands on domestic violence. Three patterns emerged from a literature review on how the state has dealt with feminist demands in the past. Boyd's and Snider's concepts about social change were utilized to examine these three patterns. The three patterns were then compared to the way the state has dealt with feminist demands within the criminal justice system. Using an active interview approach ten abused women were asked if they felt empowered or victimized by the new integrated approach to domestic violence. The women were also asked their thoughts and feelings about having their injuries photographed and about making a video taped statement for the police. Overall, the women felt empowered by the Sexual Assault Treatment Center. They felt both empowered and victimized by the police and felt completely victimized by the court system. It is concluded that until the social and ideological inequalities in our society are changed social policies such as the new integrated approach might be beneficial to women on some level but that simply changing policies to include women will not necessarily benefit women in the long run.Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2000 .J37. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 39-02, page: 0424. Adviser: Lynne Phillips. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2000.