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 …

Another post from ‘A Woman’s Place…’

The Lennox Herald 19 February 2014 What’s love got to do with it..?  We may well ask as red Valentine’s day hearts  festoon our shop fronts and dining a deux dominates the slightly desperate meal-deals on offer in local eateries.  Love did not have much to do with Beyonce’s duet with her rapper husband Jay-Z …

Irene Campbell – an obituary – The Herald 12 October 2013

Irene Campbell  Born: 22 March 1954 Died: 13 September 2013 Counsellor and Feminist Activist Irene Campbell who has died at the age of 59 years was a person-centred counsellor and feminist activist who worked to end domestic abuse and violence against women. Irene grew up in Milngavie in a large family.  The highly acclaimed work …

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 …

Book Review: Sheila Stewart – A Traveller’s Life

If we were a’ sensible, there would be nae fools Traveller’s Life – The Autobiography of Sheila Stewart Published April 2011 Birlinn £9.99 Maybe this book is not like other people’s biographies.  But it has to be different…because a travellers’ life is different from anyone else’s.’   And so it is.  A Traveller’s Life by Sheila …

A perfect summer racket! Summer on Tiree

If it’s a summer’s day of peace and quiet you’re after, you won’t find the latter on the outermost of the innermost of the Hebrides.  You can’t escape the racket.  Best heard from your bicycle on a summer day bowling along the low-rise contours of Tiree, this innermost of the Atlantic’s easternmost islands. Tubby, almost-grown …