It’s 45 years since Scottish Women’s Aid was established at a time when men could beat and rape their partners with impunity.
The women who founded it were pioneers, derided as harridan bra burners and men haters and they faced aggression from the public, the police and politicians.
They fought with such tenacity for women and children suffering intimate terrorism in their homes and it was an uphill battle but they created a cultural shift.
There are still those who deem abuse of a woman, as “just a domestic” but thankfully far less than before.
Founders I spoke to talk of bolting into homes with women and grabbing their. belongings, of crying at the funerals of women who had been killed.
All these years later, two women are killed by their male partner every week, so yes, there has been progress but not enough.
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