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The Refuge: My Journey to the Safe House for Battered Women Kindle Edition
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Chiswick Womens Aid gave us back our dignity and self respect the right to be women and mothers and not the cowed, battered and beaten pitiful beings we were before
Jenny it must have taken all your courage to lay your soul bare and tell your life story.
Well done I'm proud to know you
Unfortunately most of Erin Pizzey books can only be bought second hand as they are no longer in print but I managed to track down a second hand copy of 'Scream Quietly or the neighbours will hear' on Amazon and I went on to buy 'Prone to violence' by Erin Pizzey (again second hand) and I last bought 'This Way to the Revolution: A Memoir' an autobiography by Erin Pizzey which thankfully is still in print! Amazon suggested I buy 'The Refuge' by Jenny Smith when I purchased 'This Way to the Revolution', which I duly did.
The first half of the book is essentially an autobiography detailing the author's life with the second half focusing on her time in the refuge and beyond. Jenny comes from a Northern working class background, the daughter of a miner, and she describes how living with her mother's Schizophrenia drove her to run away from home at an early age to London.
For someone of my age, it gives you a fascinating insight into what life was like before the pioneering work done by Erin Pizzey and others. Victims of Domestic Violence or battered wives as they were then known would often be classed by Local Authorities as "intentionally homeless" for escaping abusive partners and they often received little sympathy or help from people they turned to such as doctors and clergymen. There are some appalling accounts in the book of people just turning a complete blind eye to the violence.Read more ›
Jenny's book covers so many sad topics, mental illness, runaways, prostitution, homelessness, Mixed race marriage, poverty and domestic violence. After getting into an abusive relationship Jenny manages to escape with her two daughters to a refuge for battered women in Chiswick, run by Erin Pizzey. The strength of these women is incredible and Erin has made a promise to never turn a battered away. The book describes Jenny's time at the refuge and beyond. The book mentioned two documentaries that were filmed in the refuge, "Scream quietly or the neighbours will here" and "Sanctuary" which was filmed in 1991 for Channel 4. The former was filmed with the same title as Erin Pizzey's book written a couple of years prior to the documentary. I would love to see this book available on Kindle and I'm also now in search online of any clips of the Sanctuary documentary. Erin Pizzey sounds an amazing woman with the strength to fight for what she believed in no matter what the personal cost.
Jenny's style of writing makes this a very easy read despite the harrowing subject matter.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
know this lady and child survivors of life needs to be read by all classes of human nature .Published 3 months ago by Sjkirby
This is a brilliant book it shows how things have changed thank god for the betterPublished 3 months ago by book crazy
I loved this book it was a surprise to find out in the beginning she came from my home town so I was easily able to relate to her descriptions of the way they lived. Read morePublished 4 months ago by CLOM
Excellent telling of a personal, tragic story which includes tales of an idyllic childhood up North mixed with horrific descriptions of abuse and the rise of the refuge in the 70s. Read morePublished 11 months ago by melanie julienne
Very easy to read. I was amazed that this story was referring to the early 1970s. According to the book it wasn't until 1976 that an act was passed which finally gave protection to... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Pauline