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Contemporary feminist movement successfully called attention to the need to end male violence against women. Shelters for abused and battered women were founded allaround the United States by women activists dedicated to helping victimized women heal them selves and begin new lives. Despite years of committed hard work, the problem of male violence against women steadily increases. It is often assumed by feminist activists that this violence is distinct from other forms of violence in this society because it is specifically linked to the politics of sexism and male supremacy: the right of men to dominate women. In Susan Schechter's thorough study of the battered women's movement, Women and Male Violence, she continu ally emphasizes "that violence against women is rooted in male domination." Her chapter "Towards an Analysis of Violence Against Women in the Family" examines the extent to which the ideology of male supremacy both encourages and supports violence against women:
While I agree with Schechter that male violence against women in the family is an expression of male domination, I believe that vio lence is inextricably linked to all acts of violence in this society that occur between the powerful and the powerless, the dominant and the dominated. While male supremacy encourages the use of abusive force to maintain male domination of women, it is the W estern philo sophical notion of hierarchical rule and coercive authority that is the root cause of violence against women, of adult violence against chil dren, of allviolence between those who dominate and those who are dominated. It is this belief system that is the foundation on which sexist ideology and other ideologies of group oppression are based; they can be eliminated only when this foundation is eliminated.