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NLM Extends “Confronting Violence, Improving Women’s Lives”

Special Display in the History of Medicine Division Reading Room Closes October 14

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is extending Confronting Violence, Improving Women’s Lives, a special display in the History of Medicine Division (HMD) Reading Room on the first floor of the National Library of Medicine, Building 38 on the Bethesda, Maryland campus of the National Institutes of Health. The special display will be open to the public until October 14, 2016.

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Confronting Violence tells the story of a vanguard of nurse activists who worked to change the way the medical profession responded to patients who had been battered. These nurses pushed the larger medical community, which had largely dismissed domestic violence as a significant health issue, to identify victims of battering, adequately respond to victims’ needs, and work towards prevention. Confronting Violence chronicles the experiences of these passionate, persistent nurses, who improved services to victims of domestic violence in the latter half of the 20th century.

The special display includes items from the NLM History of Nursing and Domestic Violence Collection, a selection of reports, journal articles and manuscripts, and artifacts such as buttons, posters and photographs from the first generation of nurse activists, like Daniel Sheridan and Jacquelyn Campbell. It also features the stories and objects of some of today’s activists and community organizations.

Visitor Information

The special display is open to the public in the History of Medicine Division Reading Room of the National Library of Medicine (Building 38 on the Bethesda, Maryland campus of the National Institutes of Health). NLM is open Monday through Friday (except federal holidays) from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Admission to all onsite NLM exhibitions is free. For more information, visit: www.nlm.nih.gov/about/visitor.html. To arrange a group tour, call 301.594.1947.


A group of 10 people pose casually outside the Denison Memorial Library
A group photograph of nursing researchers and activists at Denison Memorial Library, University of Colorado, Denver ca. 1990s
From left to right: Yvonne Ulrich, Laura McKenna, Barbara Parker, Karen Landenburger, Judith McFarlane, Christine King, Josephine Ryan, Doris Campbell, Jacquelyn Campbell, Daniel Sheridan

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An outdoor rally; people hold up signs that read Sexism kills stop wife abuse and Rapists must be stopped.
Women rally in City Hall Plaza, in Boston to speak out against violence against women, August 26, 1976

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The cover of Nursing Care of Victims of Family Violence.
Nursing Care of Victims of Family Violence, the first nursing textbook on family violence, Jacquelyn Campbell, Janice Humphreys, 1984

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