The Origins of the Womenâ€™s Shelter Movement in Canada. In the supposedly enlightened â€™60s and â€™70s, violence against women was widespread. It wasnâ€™t talked about, and women had few, if any, options to escape their abusers. Yet in 1973 â€” with no statistics, no money and little public support â€” five disparate groups of Canadian women quietly opened Canadaâ€™s first battered womenâ€™s shelters. Today, there are well over 600. In this book journalist Margo Goodhand tracks down the â€śrogue feministsâ€ť whose work forged an underground railway for women and children, weaving their stories into an unforgettable â€” and until now untold â€” history.