Susan Schechter


Susan Schechter

"Susan quite simply changed the world
for the better ." - Esta Soler, 2004

Susan Schechter, visionary national leader in shaping society's response to domestic violence and key figure in the American feminist movement of the late twentieth century, was a Clinical Professor of Social Work at the University of Iowa from 1993 until her untimely death in February 2004. Among her major accomplishments are Women and Male Violence, a pathbreaking book that framed the issues surrounding violence against women in the home and has profoundly influenced subsequent efforts to confront the issue; When Love Goes Wrong (with Ann Jones), a self-help book for women in abusive relationships; Effective Intervention in Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment (known as the "Greenbook"), a guide to program development for professionals in child abuse and domestic violence; and AWAKE, the first program in the country to address child abuse in families afflicted by domestic violence, which she founded (with Lisa Tieszen) at Children's Hospital in Boston. As a result of her work, courts, public child welfare systems and community organizations alike have fundamentally changed their practice in dealing with women and children exposed to violence in the home. Susan Schechter was born in St. Louis on May 1, 1946. Schechter was inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame in 2005.