The Unsung Heroes who Created Canada’s First Women’s Shelters

Written by Paula Ethans | The Tyee |

Honouring the women who fought to deal with an issue society wanted to keep in the shadows.

“These were not powerful or prominent women, but they changed everything.” — Margo Goodhand

In the 1960s and ’70s, domestic violence was an issue with no name.

Countless women endured violence in their own homes, but it was not acknowledged as an issue in the public realm. It was a shameful secret, quietly accepted as a part of life for women.

When a woman was abused, there was nowhere to go. A woman’s place was in the home, even if home could kill her. (Read more…)