Women's Aid Federation of England - History - Origins

Origins

The first branch of Women's Aid was formed in Chiswick, London in Autumn 1971 by Erin Pizzey. It was world's first domestic violence shelter Originally. the organisation was a social meeting place for women who wanted to make a real difference in their communities at a local level and exchange ideas and wasn't concerned with domestic violence at all. However, the movement became focused on helping domestic violence victims early on, though very much by accident, when a bruised woman pleaded for assistance as no one else would help her.

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