March 5, 2004 by

Susan Schechter

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sschechter.jpgSusan Schechter, an author who wrote books chronicling the battered women’s movement, died on Feb. 3 from endometrial cancer. She was 57.
Schechter graduated from Washington University and earned a master’s degree from the University of Illinois. From 1986 to 1993, she served as a program coordinator and consultant to Advocacy for Women and Kids in Emergencies at Children’s Hospital in Boston. She was appointed to the National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women by former Attorney General Janet Reno and former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala.
When she wasn’t teaching at the University of Iowa, Schechter wrote books that were generally regarded as the bibles of the domestic violence community. “Women and Male Violence: The Visions and Struggles of the Battered Women’s Movement,” was a history and analysis of early efforts against domestic violence. She followed that up with “When Love Goes Wrong: What to Do When You Can’t Do Anything Right,” which was co-written in 1992 with Ann Jones.
In 1999, Schechter helped write “Effective Intervention in Domestic Violence & Child Maltreatment Cases,” a set of guidelines for professionals in civil courts, child welfare services and domestic violence programs. It is commonly referred to as “the Greenbook.” She also won the National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators Award for Leadership in Public Child Welfare in 2003.

One Response to Susan Schechter

  1. Donna Fyfe

    The vision and wisdom that Susan Schechter brought to the Battered Women’s Movement are immeasurable. I worked in a battered women’s shelter for more than eight years. Women & Male Violence was unquestionably the book that guided me (as I guided others). I shared her books with my coworkes and volunteers. I cited her in academic papers, public talks, casual conversations. Later, when I spoke at high schools, colleges, and community organizations on dating violence, When Love Goes Wrong was the book that taught me (as I taught others). I am but one person who was inspired by her work; multiply me by thousands… The loss of this brilliant woman is devastating. She has touched and saved many lives; her work will save many more. My heart goes out to her family and friends.

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