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 …

A Post from The Women’s Room….

Image by Lynne Connor Photography http://www.lynneconnorphotography.com 2013 was a good year….. for exposing domestic abuse perpetrators… but 2014 has started out less well for those on their tail.  That darling of the right and consummate wealth creator the ‘great’ Charles Saatchi and, the now no longer  ‘good’,  Bill Walker, showed the Scottish public  that the …

Who’s thinking about the kids?

http://www.scottishreview.net/AnniDonaldson141.shtml Things are getting a little complicated for GIRFEC (Getting it right for every child) and the prospects for the new Children and Young People Bill in the light of the Edinburgh social workers’ case, both highlighted in recent articles in SR. Readers may wonder…whither GIRFEC when it becomes formalised in the new bill? I …

GlasgowAnni is Best Article Award Winner – Write to End Violence Against Women Awards 2013

Why was the Sherriff in the Walker case so puzzled? Follow this link to read this and all the other winning articles http://writetoendvaw.com/2013/11/13/and-the-winners-are/

Scotland’s gender crime story

Scottish Review 17 September 2013 Nick Smithers (SR 10 September) rightly highlights the plight of male victims of domestic abuse in Scotland, although I have never maintained that domestic abuse is exclusively perpetrated by men against women. While women comprise the majority of victims in Scotland and throughout the world, I fully acknowledge that men …

Scotland’s Testosterone Democracy – aka Patriarchy

This may be a good time to reflect on some of our ‘cherished myths’ and draw attention to Scotland’s national tendency to construct misleading narratives about the kind of society we have. Kate Clanchy has argued that it is not true that ‘we’re all socialist in Scotland and we’re all terribly equal’.  Mike Small’s democratic …