Violence against women is a salient concern for society and feminism and its impact has long been documented. In the first study of its kind, Lesley McMillan provides a detailed comparative perspective on the women's anti-violence movement in Europe, examining how feminists have responded to gendered violence, how they have sought to organise their response, their achievements and the conditions that have influenced their ability to facilitate change. Placing debates within an international context, McMillan explores whether different states generate different types of collective action, how anti-violence movements negotiate their dual roles as service providers and campaigners for change, whether state funding for service provision compromises the political aspects of anti-violence work, and how far state funding compromises the work of the movement. Through a critical appraisal of the movement, this study will inform future strategy for those organizing against violence.

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