The film uses the Conference on Responses to Male Violence against Women and Children in Leeds in 2000 as a fulcrum to explore issues around violence against women, tracing campaigns back to the early 1970s, and bringing the situation up-to-date in 2000. The film mainly takes the form of interviews with leading activists in this area, including a senior woman police officer.
Features the dramatic campaigns against violence against women in West Yorkshire, from the 1970s to the present day. See the heady days of female activism when women squatted houses for battered women’s refuges, ran Rape Crisis on the proceeds of jumble sales and marched through the cities to Reclaim the Night. All without funding or back-up, often in the teeth of opposition. It is only generation ago that domestic violence was not classed by the Police as a crime thankfully unlike today.
“In the police there was gross suspicion – it was thought that these were women who were off their heads” Sgt (rtd) Jane McGill MBE. West Yorkshire Police
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