Prone to violence ~ Erin Pizzey2Erin Pizzey founded the first refuge for battered wives in 1971. As a result of that work there is nowrefuge all over the world. She is also a writer and a journalist. She has two children and twograndchildren from her first marriage. She has written: Scream Quietly or the Neighbors Will Hear,Infernal Child and The Slut's Cookbook.The events and incidents referred to in this book are based on the authors' personal experience andinformation given to them. The names of the persons referred to in the text work have been alteredand all reasonable steps have been taken to ensure that they are not identifiable.DEDICATIONThis book is dedicated to all the staff who were working with Erin in 1976, in particular to AnneAshby who has been her friend and colleague for ten years and who is now the Director of ChiswickFamily Rescue. With her capable hands she will guide this new project according to her own idealsand vision. We both wish her every success. Also to David Astor and Lord Goodman who have doneso much for battered women and their children. Our thanks go, too, to John Pontin, and to the J.T.Group in Bristol, who have made it possible for our work to continue in this country.Last but not least we would like to express with this Dedication our appreciation for all the hours of work put into Women's Aid by David Morris and Alan Cohen.Separately we would like to give our thanks to our publisher's editor Peter Lavery for all his help.