Domestic Violence in Postcommunist States

Domestic Violence in Postcommunist States

Local Activism, National Policies, and Global Forces
Katalin Fabian
Distribution: World
Publication date: 07/16/2010
ISBN: 978-0-253-00473-4
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Domestic violence has emerged as a significant public policy issue of transnational character and mobilization in the postcommunist era in Europe and Eurasia, as global forces have interacted with the agendas of governments, local and international women’s groups, and human rights activists. The result of extensive collaboration among scholars and activist-practitioners—many from postcommunist countries—this volume examines the development of state policies, changes in public perceptions, and the interaction of national and international politics.

Author Bio

Katalin Fábián is Associate Professor of Government and Law at Lafayette College. She is author of Contemporary Women’s Movements in Hungary: Globalization, Democracy, and Gender Equality and editor of Globalization: Perspectives from Central and Eastern Europe.


“An interesting and important book . . . with a rare combination of rigor and nuance.”
 — S. Laurel Weldon, author of Protest, Policy, and the Problem of Violence Against Women: A Cross-National Comparison

“A welcome and comprehensive collection of excellent studies on the politics of domestic violence. . . . These scholars are among the best writing on the topic, and they provide nuanced, sophisticated accounts.”
 — Nanette Funk, City University of New York, Brooklyn College

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Table of Contents


1. Introduction: The Politics of Domestic Violence in Postcommunist Europe and Eurasia / Katalin Fábián

Part 1. The Development of Domestic Violence Policy in Postcommunist States
2. Transnational Advocacy Campaigns and Domestic Violence Prevention in Ukraine / Alexandra Hrycak
3. Global Feminism, Foreign Funding, and Russian Writing about Domestic Violence / Janet Elise Johnson and Gulnara Zaynullina
4. Balancing Acts: Women's NGOs Combating Domestic Violence in Kazakhstan / Edward Snajdr
5. From Soviet Liberation to Post-Soviet Segregation: Women and Violence in Tajikistan / Muborak Sharipova and Katalin Fábián
6. The Politics of Awareness: Making Domestic Violence Visible in Poland / Thomas Chivens
7. Domestic Violence against Women: When Practice Creates Legislation in Slovenia / Sonja Robnik

Part 2. International Organizations and Domestic Violence Policy in Postcommunist States
8. Reframing Domestic Violence: Global Networks and Local Activism in Postcommunist Central and Eastern Europe / Katalin Fábián
9. The New WAVE: How Transnational Feminist Networks Promote Domestic Violence Reform in Postcommunist Europe / Laura Brunell and Janet Elise Johnson
10. The European Union, Transnational Advocacy, and Violence Against Women in Postcommunist States / Celeste Montoya
11. The Promise and Perils of International Treaties / Olga Avdeyeva