How a group of young feminists opened Canada’s first shelter for abused women and children

The Canadian Press – May 2, 2017 – by Laura Kane

Jan knew she had to leave.

It was 1973 and her husband spent most days drinking and seething with rage.

One afternoon, he smacked her on the back of the head, knocking her to the floor and nearly cracking her skull on a wall.

When the police arrived, he was sitting in his chair watching TV as though nothing had happened. Officers questioned him, then Jan, then him again. She remembers clearly what they said to her next. (Read more…)