‘Why doesn’t she just leave…?’

Getting free – leaving a violent partner c1960-1990 Content warning: this post contains description of domestic abuse. Please read with care – information on where to find support is listed at the end of the post. “Why doesn’t she just leave?”  This question, frequently asked about women living with violent men, is loaded with incomprehension …

‘Policing domestic abuse in late twentieth century Scotland.

Just a domestic’ or a working patriarchy? Content warning: this essay contains descriptions of domestic abuse and sexual violence. Please read with care – information on where to find support is listed at the end of this blog. The conviction of a serving Metropolitan police officer for the brutal abduction, rape and murder of Sarah …

BEUL NA h-UAMHA

BELNAHUA – MOUTH OF THE CAVE One of the four main Slate Islands of the Firth of Lorn, Belnahua is situated in the middle of open water with Mull to the north, Easdale five miles to the east and Scarba to the south.  The small, deserted island is still dominated by the great quarry at …

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 …