A System of Maltreatment: Exposing Victorian Coercive Control in the National Records of Scotland

When & Where

Thursday, 10 October 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
National Records of Scotland, New Register House, 3 West Register Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3YY

Event Details

Ashley Dee, History Post-graduate Researcher, Women's History Scotland Committee Member

Ashley Dee will introduce her PhD research on the history of domestic abuse in Victorian Glasgow, paying specific attention to the, today, criminalised behaviour Coercive Control. As the custodian of the archives of Scotland's Court of Session, the National Records of Scotland holds over 400 years of divorce and separation papers. Inside these cases are the stories of thousands of unhappy marriages that Ashley will draw upon.

The talk will begin by introducing the audience to the legal process of getting a divorce or separation in Victorian Scotland. Ashley will then delve into some of the more harrowing tales held by the National Records of Scotland featuring silent treatment, venereal disease, economic control, alcoholism, and neglect.

Due to the nature of this topic, please be aware that this talk may contain some distressing narratives.

To book, please visit: https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/research/visit-us/events-talks-and-visits. Attendees can also turn up on the day and any remaining spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.


Jocelyn Grant
0131 535 1374



Event Location

National Records of Scotland
New Register House
3 West Register Street


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