Thank you for your reply. I can totally sympathise with what you you are going through. It has been two years since my post and everything is unfortunately exactly the same. I suppose that I am just resigned to the fact that this is the way things are and probably always will be.
In the two years since I posted not a single reply from anyone until your reply yesterday, so thank you for replying. I had not actually considered the situation from a woman's perspective but I suppose we are all human at the end of the day.
Take care Fay and I hope that one day things will improve for you.