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 …

No Belles de Jour here

  Scottish Review of Books 13 August 2016 http://www.scottishreviewofbooks.org/no-belles-de-jour/ WHILST history may be one of the oldest scholarly disciplines, it has, until more recent times mostly averted its gaze from that other so-called ‘oldest profession’, prostitution, particularly in the Scottish context. However, as Louise Settle’s history of prostitution in Edinburgh and Glasgow in the early twentieth …

The Archers: coercive control and domestic abuse

Amid a storyline on The Archers radio programme, writing in Common Space Anni Donaldson explains coercive control in abusive relationships and how people can seek help THE ARCHERS’ Helen Titchener really could use an independent domestic abuse advocate (IDA) right now. If Ambridge was in the west of Scotland she could just lift the phone …

10 women storming the stage @ccfest @SSeparation

THE sight of 10 women – some of the UK’s most creative and uniquely versatile traditional musicians – walking on stage at the Mitchell Theatre on Sunday 24 January for Songs of Separation as part of Celtic Connections had quite an impact.

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

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 …

Violence Against Women 365 International Poster Exhibition back in Scotland for International Women’s Day.

365 in Dumbarton Women’s Aid Refuge Colm Dempsey’s Violence Against Women 365 International Poster Exhibition, now in its tenth year of touring, visited Dumbarton Women’s Refuge as part of their International Women’s Day 2014 celebrations. In an interview with GlasgowAnni, Dubliner Colm tells how the Exhibition came about and the impact it has had over …

Family Wellness Warriors are U.S.?

  Scotland’s shores were graced by some big names from across the Atlantic during the last fortnight: a group of world-renowned health care professionals from Alaska and a feminist sociologist from Penn State University. Katherine Gottlieb the warm and energetic CEO from South Central Foundation and her team told a large and eager crowd at …

Corroborating a miscarriage of justice?

‘Domestic abuse is possible because women and men are not equal in Scottish society… the abolition of corroboration is an essential and long overdue reform which prevents justice for all in strong cases’. So said the Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill recently as he reflected on the long journey to abolish corroboration in Scots law, emphasising …