Hi I'm Erin Pizzey, founder of the first Women's Refuge in the UK. Ask me anything!
Hi I'm Erin Pizzey. I did a previous Ask Me Anything here two weeks ago ( http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1cbrbs/hi_im_erin_pizzey_ask_me_anything/ ) and we just could not keep up with the questions. We promised to try to come back but weren't able to make it when promised. But we're here now by invitation today.
We would like to dedicate today's session to the late Earl Silverman. I knew Earl, he was a dear man and I'm so dreadfully sorry the treatment he received and the despair he must have felt to end his life. His life should not have been lived in vain. He tried for years and years to get support for his Men's Refuge in Canada and finally it seems surrendered. This is a lovely tribute to him:
I would also like to announce that I will be beginning a new radio show dedicated to domestic violence and abuse issues at A Voice for Men radio. I still care very much about women but I hope men in particular will step up to talk and tell their stories, men have been silenced too long! We're tentatively titling the show "Revelations: Erin Pizzey on Domestic Violence" and it will be on Saturdays around 4pm London time. It'll be listenable and downloadable here:
Once again we're tentatively doing the first show on 11 May 2013 not today but we hope you'll come and have a listen.
We also hope men in particular will step forward today with their questions and experiences, although all are welcome.
For those of you who need to know a little about me:
I founded the first battered women's refuge to receive national and international recognition in the UK back in the early 1970s, and I have been working with abused women, men, and children ever since. I also do work helping young boys in particular learn how to read these days. My first book on the topic of domestic violence, "Scream Quietly or the Neighbours Will Hear" gained worldwide attention making the general public aware of the problem of domestic abuse. I've also written a number of other books. My current book, available from Peter Owen Publishers, is "This Way to the Revolution - An Autobiography," which is also a history of the beginning of the women's movement in the early 1970s. A list of my books is below. I am also now Editor-at-Large for A Voice For Men ( http://www.avoiceformen.com ). Ask me anything!
This Way to the Revolution - An Autobiography Scream Quietly or the Neighbours Will Hear Infernal Child (an early memoir) Sluts' Cookbook Erin Pizzey Collects Prone to violence Wild Child The Emotional Terrorist and The Violence-prone
The Watershed In the Shadow of the Castle The Pleasure Palace (in manuscript) First Lady Consul General's Daughter The Snow Leopard of Shanghai Other Lovers Swimming with Dolphins For the Love of a Stranger Kisses The Wicked World of Women
You can find my home page here:
You can find me on Facebook here:
And here's my announcement that it's me, on A Voice for Men, where I am Editor At Large and policy adviser for Domestic Violence:
And here's the previous Ask Me Anything session we did: http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1cbrbs/hi_im_erin_pizzey_ask_me_anything/
Update: If you're interested in helping half the world's victims of domestic violence, you may want to consider donating to this fundraiser: http://www.gofundme.com/2qyyvs