Who is she?
Erin Pizzey is a novelist and activist who started the world’s first domestic violence refuge, in England in 1971. Called Chiswick Women’s Aid, it’s now known as the organisaiton called Refuge, the largest of its kind in the UK.
Erin is, however, a controversial figure in feminism. After starting the refuge, she claimed that her cause had been hijacked by militant feminists to demonise men. In fact, she’s received death threats due to her research into the claim that most domestic violence is reciprocal – that both partners were violent to each other.
Despite this, Erin is still active in the domestic violence sector and in 2007, she opened the first Arab refuge for victims of domestic violence in Bahrain.
Why should we thank her?
Despite her controversial views, Erin started the world’s first women’s refuge and her work was certainly pioneering for the time.