• Short Summary

    In an ordinary overcrowded house in a London suburb, a group of women are trying to cope with a major social problem -- "battered wives", the women who suffer persistent violence at the hands of their husbands.

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    In an ordinary overcrowded house in a London suburb, a group of women are trying to cope with a major social problem -- "battered wives", the women who suffer persistent violence at the hands of their husbands.

    The group, Women's Aid, offer refuge, comfort and legal advice to women on the run from violent husbands. And they've found out that the problem is international and affects more women than anybody imagined.

    Women come in desperation to Women's Aid in Chiswick with injuries which have ranged from fractured skulls and broken jaws to black eyes. One woman even arrived with second degree burns on her breasts, the result of her husband pouring scalding water over her. Women leave their homes to live in overcrowded dilapidated dormitories where at least they are safe.

    It all began two years ago when Mrs. Erin Pizzey opened an advice centre in Chiswick for local women. A woman had been beaten by her husband for years arrived with her children and asked for shelter. Within three months there were 34 battered women and children sleeping on the floor.

    In two years Mrs. Pizzey's Women's Aid has helped thousands of women and children. She believes there are at least 25,000 battered wives in Britain. Women's Aid refuges are opening all over the country.

    Already the movement has spread to Australia. A refuge for bettered women has opened in Sydney and another is due to open in Canberra and a third in Holland.

    "We're deluged with information from America where the problem is really crucial btu unrecognised", says Mrs. Pizzey who believes violence behind the front door is a world wide problem.

    Women's Aid believes there are four main categories for wife beaters: alcoholics, psychotics, psychopaths and plain and simple bullies. Wife beating is a classless thing. The husbands of battered wives can be lawyers, architects or Irish labourers.

    According to a Women's Aid survey 99 per cent of the wife beaters come from violent backgrounds nd have either been battered themselves as children or seen their mother battered. Women's Aid is an attempt to break the circle of violence.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEC1D4XV2JBK46JF13HVJLXP5M
    Media URN:
    VLVAEC1D4XV2JBK46JF13HVJLXP5M
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/08/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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