Our history - 1970s
1978: New research in Scotland revealed that I in 4 reported violent crimes was ‘wife assault’. We carry out a groundbreaking study of 1000 women living in refuges – Leaving Violent Men.
1977: The Housing Act 1977 (Homeless Persons) - through our concerted lobbying, women and children at risk of violence are acknowledged as homeless and gain the right to state help with temporary accommodation.
1976: We help introduce the first Domestic Violence Bill (The Domestic Violence and Matrimonial Proceedings Act), which gives new rights through civil protection orders (injunctions) for those at risk of violence.
1975: The first Government Select Committee on Violence in Marriage, to which Women’s Aid gave evidence recommends a minimum of 1 family place in a refuge per 10,000 population.
1974: National Women’s Aid Federation is established as the first national domestic violence organisation bringing together nearly 40 refuge services across the country. For the first time there is a national body to co-ordinate the campaign for new laws and policies and to improve support for women and children experiencing domestic violence.