At a recent AAUW (American Association of University Women) meeting, the guest speaker was Lynsay Nuss, a domestic violence program specialist with the Lodi Women’s Center, Youth and Family Services.
Nuss presented a program, “Domestic Violence, Societal Attitudes and Today’s Youth,” in which she traced the recognition of domestic violence (DV) back to 753 BC.
From ancient to modern times, concern about domestic violence has steadily increased.
The first women’s shelter opened in 1886, providing a refuge for women escaping DV.
The Stockton Women’s Center opened in 1976, offering counseling and a safe house. Lodi’s AAUW branch opened a satellite office, the Lodi Women’s Center, in 1990 which continues to serve area DV victims — both women and men — today. Nuss also gives presentations at area high schools, discussing DV, and teaching students about the laws that have been enacted to deal with the problem.
— Source: Margie Paulsen