LOOSE WOMEN, Emily George, Dykebooks, Melbourne, 1984 280 pages
This book covers some of the personal triumphs as well as the difficulties women experience after they leave their abusive male partners to go and live in a women’s refuge with their children for their own protection. It also traces the early political development of women’s refuges in Victoria and how the refuge workers manage to support the residents and at the same time negotiate with the government and the bureaucrats for the necessary funding to keep the refuge open and functioning. During this exacting time, one of the paid workers, Agnes, falls in love with Mardi and comes out as a lesbian.
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