Refuting 40 Years of Lies about Domestic Violence
Dec. 19, 2012
Erin Pizzey was born in 1939. In 1971 she founded the first nationally and internationally recognized women’s shelter (or “refuge”) in Chiswick, which is part of London in the UK. Her organization expanded to include many houses and a large growing organization, now known as Refuge in the UK.
It was soon after founding her organization that she began being subject to public protests and death threats.
A key figure in the women’s movement of the 1970s, she eventually fled her native England with her children after the protests, threats, and violence culminated in the killing of her family dog. However, she never stopped her work advocating for victims of domestic violence, and eventually returned to the UK.
Erin is a bestselling novelist and the author of many non-fiction books. Her first book, Scream Quietly or the Neighbours Will Hear is, along with her fearless public advocacy, widely credited with making Domestic Violence a national and international issue.
Her work continues to this day. She is widely loved.
She is also widely hated….