Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Flight for Life - Refuge and Jenny Smith

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/apr/28/domestic-violence-first-womens-refuge-saved-my-life?CMP=fb_gu

Away from the fun cycling and music things that I like to write about I was moved by this article from Jenny Smith. The role that Refuge plays in supporting the victims of domestic violence is now well known, but two things struck me about this story. The first was how all the other services Jenny had reached out to in 1973 simply pushed her back to face more violence. But secondly how little this subject is talked about even today. While Jenny thanks Refuge for saving her life, something like two women a week are still being killed by their partners. 40 years on from Jenny's escape the problem has not gone away.