Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL)



First Advisor

Jacqueline DeVries, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Rosemary Link, Ph.D.


The beginnings of the domestic violence movement were heavily influenced by cultural feminist thought and servant leadership styles. In recent years, more hierarchical and professional service providers have gained ground and changed the face of service provision, legislative efforts and public outreach in the domestic violence movement. What began as a social change movement has evolved into an institution in its own right. This shift has caused new styles of leadership and a new paradigm to take root. Transforming, empowering and visionary leadership, all with a base in feminism, mark the current players. It has not been an easy transition, and the fractionalization of services caused by infighting has diminished the effectiveness of the movement. As the movement to end domestic violence grows, leadership must adapt and guide their organizations with an increasingly mission-based view. The dearth of representation of women of color in a community growing ever more diverse must be addressed, and a holistic, macro view of larger societal issues must be incorporated into service provision and representation. Finally, it is inherent in the leadership to address the personal ghosts that drive individuals and organizations in this movement, and acknowledge the perception of power imbalance that often skews decision-making and impacts inter-organizational collaboration.


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