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Marital Violence in Post-Independence Ireland, 1922-96 – 'A Living Tomb for Women' - Manchester Scholarship Online
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Marital Violence in Post-Independence Ireland, 1922-96: 'A Living Tomb for Women'

Cara Diver


‘A Living Tomb for Women’ 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. Du ... More

Keywords: Marital violence, Wife beating, Domestic violence, Family violence, Feminism, Irish society history, History of the family

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781526120113
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.7765/9781526120120


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cara Diver, author
King's College London