New refuge for domestic abuse victims in Glasgow
Catherine Redfern // 24 July 2009
From (the excellent) Womensgrid news blog:
The £1.8m purpose built facility, run by Drumchapel Women’s Aid, offers secure accommodation for up to eight women and sixteen children at any one time.
The facility is part of the Scottish government’s £10m National Domestic Abuse Delivery Plan, a priority of which is to ensure women and children affected by domestic abuse are helped into safe and suitable accommodation.
It features a crèche and a play room for young children and a games room with the latest gadgets and games consoles for older children.
An outside playground, placed discreetly at the back of the building, will allow children to play, unseen.
Victims will be able to visit a ‘therapeutic room’ to receive counselling as well as complementary therapies and massage.
Specialist support services will help users find permanent homes.
Officially opening the facility, Minister for housing and communities Alex Neil said: “Domestic abuse must not be tolerated in any form.
“For these brave women – many with children – who pluck up the courage to leave abusive partners, it’s vitally important that effective support is available to help them rebuild their lives.
“This new facility provides a safe haven and is a home that I hope women and children will find comfortable living in while they get help to get back on their feet.”
This is great news. and congrats to all the Scottish campaigners who have played some part in getting this in place.
As you may remember, it has been reported that one in four suspects held in custody in Glasgow are under investigation for domestic violence. Scottish Women’s Aid estimate that a domestic violence incident is recorded every 11 minutes in Scotland.
Also via Womensgrid, the BBC have reported that Scottish Women’s Aid have apparently rejected funds raised from a ‘naked calendar’ inspired by the famous Women’s Institute ‘calendar girls’. (Coincidentally this story comes up at the same time as we’ve just published Molly Lavendar’s feature on women in calendars)
The main key point I take from this is not whether Scottish Women’s Aid were right or wrong (that debate would probably go on until the end of time). It seems like a good idea for feminist organisations and groups to agree on their stance on what sort of activities they would accept funds from before the issue arises so that they can be clear to fundraisers upfront (for all I know, perhaps they did in this instance). Scottish Women’s Aid do really important work around violence against women and it would be a shame if this were to detract from that.