This year marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the first refuge by the legend who is Erin Pizzey.
At that time the feminist movement was taking off, but Erin fell out with them. Erin very soon realised that domestic abuse was not a problem for one sex only. She insisted on a therapeutic approach, recognising the origins of abusive behaviour in the abuser's family background. The feminists did not like that as their view was that domestic abuse is all about patriarchal power and control. As a result, Erin has been written-out of the history of her own refuge movement, and you will find no mention of her on Women's Aid or Refuge web sites.
We salute you and your work Erin. Her achievements over the last half century will be celebrated by all who hear her truth.