From ‘Battered Wives’ to ‘Coercive Control’: Domestic Abuse in Late Twentieth Century Scotland

Image reproduced courtesy of Scottish Women’s Aid Scotland’s response to male violence against their wives, partners or girlfriends has come a long way since the 1970s when ‘wives’ were ‘battered’, failed to protect their children and police didn’t get involved in ‘domestics’. Forty years since the publication of Violence against Wives – A Case against the Patriarchy, new legislation – The Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act …

Domestic abuse, culture and Scottish history

It takes a whole society and its culture to create a domestic abuse perpetrator. A critical look at our history can help us understand why. The annual 16 days of international activism against gender-based violence ended yesterday. During this year’s campaign a report by ‘Counting dead women’ on the UK National Femicide Census made harrowing reading and showed that …

Through the Patriarchal Looking-glass: Write to End VAW Wooden Spoon Award 2018

A year ago I had the dubious honour of presenting the Write To End Violence Women Wooden Spoon Award. The Wooden Spoon is often awarded not for the stories themselves but for the way they are told – to journalism which is at the other end of the spectrum from the high quality work which …

#16 Days of Activism against VAW – A Woman’s Place

This article first published  @LennoxHerald 19 November 2014 November 25 marks the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and signals the start of the annual 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence ending on 10 December, Human Rights Day. This year the global campaign, which began in 1981, highlights the links …

Children and Young People Experiencing Domestic Abuse – ‘Are we getting it right?’

Scottish Justice Matters – Children and Young People Experiencing Domestic Abuse – Are we getting it right? Scottish Justice Matters November 2014 Edition just published Living It -Children, Young People and Justice

Scotland leads UK on preventing violence against women, but its new policy is still incomplete

This article first appeared in The Conversation 2 July 2014 Read the full article  here

Scotland should look deeper than Clare’s law when tackling domestic violence

This article was originally published on The Conversation Read the original article here Anni Donaldson does not work for, consult to, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has no relevant affiliations.         

Convicted domestic abuser Bill Walker released early from prison

Daily Record 22 March 2014 http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/all-about/bill%20walker Bill Walker’s early release is an indictment on the handling of domestic abuse by our justice system. The former MSP was convicted in September 2013 of 22 violent assaults against three former wives and a step-daughter. The conviction and imprisonment of such a high profile figure for serious domestic …