Thank you, Ellen Pence (1948-2012)

10 Jan
Ellen Pence, advocate for domestic violence survivors. Image via minnesota.publicradio.org.

Well, we’re days deep into 2012, and you know what that means.  Another year, another hero’s passing.

Ellen Pence was a Minnesotan scholar credited with developing the inter-agency approach to domestic and sexual violence that is the standard toay.  Never one to stay on the sidelines as that most wasteful sort, the armchair academic, Pence put her study into practice.  She worked to train housing agencies, police departments, social service providers and policy makers on effective domestic violence prevention and prosecution.

Pence’s work set the stage for modern violence prevention work.  It is impossible to estimate how many women, children, genderqueer people and men whose lives have been made safer by her work.

TMMV would like to say, thank you, Ellen Pence.  Your work is much appreciated.  I hope other young feminists will join me in continuing it.

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