Abuse

Grieving The Loss Of Self

Rachel Lamb | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Lamb

How do you grieve for something that's not a physical being? You haven't lost a relative or friend, or your dog that you've had in the family since you were small. You don't get the usual 'I'm sorry for your loss', because have you actually lost anything? For anyone who's been through or going through this then of course the answer is yes.

It's Already Hard Enough: When Teacher Complaints Are Teacher Abuse

Anna-Christina Connelly | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK
Anna-Christina Connelly

If you've ever worked in any school, in any capacity, you will probably have been warned about certain parents. They are the kind who will always q...

We Must Blow The Whistle On Child Abuse In Football

Peter Wanless | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK
Peter Wanless

It essential that we continue to emphasise and support organisational awareness and action, but also help parents and carers act in an informed manner where they can also help encourage good child protection. The NSPCC will also continue its systematic work in schools to help develop a resilience in children that helps them speak out and stay safe.

Surviving Is Hard

Jennifer Gilmour | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jennifer Gilmour

My name is Jennifer and I am a young married mum of 3 children. I am also a 'survivor'. I often think that being a 'survivor' to some extent defines...

Escape from Abuse On The Emotional Rollercoaster

Rachel Lamb | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Lamb

Escaping from abuse isn't as easy as 'just leaving'. You can't get up and walk away when you decide you've had enough. I wish it was that easy. It is often a long process, a long time of wanting to do it but not knowing how. Then comes how to do it, you need a window of opportunity, a carefully devised plan of action to minimise any threat to your safety.

His Changing Behaviour

Rachel Lamb | Posted 19.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Lamb

I spent half of the night messaging him and talking to him on the phone. The end result was me going home early. In my mind this was a triumph for me, I'd managed to go out. However for him, it was also a triumph, a much bigger, much more overpowering triumph. Mine dwarfed in comparison. He knew he'd won.

The Reaction To Evans' Acquittal Is Bound To Do Damage

Mia Doring | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK
Mia Doring

Considering that most rapists walk free from court, or never even make it to court in the first place, what is off-putting, what is frightening, and what is silencing, is the hysterical, gleeful, response from men and women, denigrating the complainant with a level of passion about rape which I never see in response to an actual rape conviction.

We've Got To Start Joining The Dots Between Poverty And Abuse

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 29.09.2017 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

If we want to ensure that women's life chances aren't narrowed by gender, that girls born today won't face the limitations and closing off of opportunities caused by the combination of poverty and abuse, we've got to start joining these dots.

'Categorical Disaster' As Another Key Figure Quits Child Sexual Abuse Inquiry

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK

The national probe into child sex abuse will not work in its current form, a key group representing victims and survivors has warned. The Inquiry i...

Helen Is Set To Face Rob In Family Courts - Here's How We're Campaigning For Real Helens With Child First

Polly Neate | Posted 15.09.2017 | UK
Polly Neate

Life imitates art again. As Helen faces Rob in the family courts in The Archers, our Child First campaign, which is calling for radical change to the family court system in order to protect survivors of domestic abuse and their children, is going to Parliament.

Changing Behaviours

Rachel Lamb | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Lamb

Reading this, people would probably think that all you have to do is speak up, or walk away. It's not that easy. After months or years of having your life, soul and freedom chipped away at its hard to have any opinion at all. It's like that big black hole is where your personality and individuality once were.

I Hit My Daughter

Gemma Devaney | Posted 14.07.2017 | UK Parents
Gemma Devaney

I hit my daughter. I hit her on her face, on her mouth, in her stomach. Sometimes I even hit her on her bum. I hit her so hard sometimes she screams and tells me to stop... Now replace the word hit with kiss. It's not so horrifying now is it?

The Sheer Amount of Racism on Social Media Is Exhausting

Rhammel Afflick | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Rhammel Afflick

What we really need is for social giants like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to take a real stake in fostering a culture change. I'm talking about something that's developed by and for black people because I'm bored of calling people out and feeling alone. It's emotionally distressing and it's time we had some progressive backing.

A Classy Response to The Khan-Hate Campaign.

J.N. Paquet | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Politics
J.N. Paquet

Although I did not vote for him on Thursday, I have only one thing to say to Sadiq Khan: "Congratulations, Mister Mayor, on a large, clean and classy win!"

Love and Tyranny

Dr. Bill Cloke | Posted 30.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Bill Cloke

How then do couples overcome the tyranny of anger and abuse so they can feel safe to tell the truth and connect? It's of course never easy because the roots of anger and frustration go way back and they are habits learned in our family of origin.

Safe Spaces and Trigger Warnings Silences the Victims Not Protect Them

Alexander Morgan | Posted 16.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Alexander Morgan

Instead of offering a hand to help survivors face their experiences head on, we shut them away in a dark lonely room where no one acknowledges what happened to them, forcing them into a silence and taking their voice away - ultimately prolonging their recoveries.

The Stephen Fry Comments and Why We Should All Watch Our Words

Claire Ayres | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Ayres

Having watched the full interview, most of it makes absolute sense, and I am inclined to agree with a lot of it in terms of political correctness and free speech. People should be able to say whatever they think and be free from chastising...but this should be to a point.

Social Anxiety: When Human Beings Are Afraid of Other Human Beings Without Really Knowing Why

Michelle Hambiliki | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Michelle Hambiliki

I am determined not to allow myself to be limited by my fear of interacting with people. Whether I was born with an inclination towards social anxiety or whether I happened to develop it, I'm desperate to overcome it.

Improving the Lives of Women and Girls Across Tea Communities

Sarah Roberts | Posted 05.03.2017 | UK
Sarah Roberts

Today is International Women's Day, a celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women around the world. The day also exists to remind people that globally there is still much to be done to accelerate gender parity.

Kesha's Is a Sad, Familiar Story

Mia Doring | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
Mia Doring

I am done with this. I am done. Kesha has received the most cruel of all imagined conclusions, and her courtroom sobs are a warrior cry to all who suffer quietly, swallowing their trauma back down their throats. We can't be what we can't see. When one speaks out, she inadvertently gives permission to the rest of us. Let's speak out. We are stronger together.

Men's Violence Against Women

Mia Doring | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK
Mia Doring

Every single one of us is responsible for the victim blaming, rape enabling culture we live in. It's time to make it personal because it is personal. <

MAJOR Relationship Buzzkills...

Chloe Combi | Posted 04.02.2017 | UK Parents
Chloe Combi

Teenage language is a brilliant thing and they are both entitled to and should be encouraged to create their own lexicon. However a lot of the teenagers I interviewed felt, the word "bae" often doesn't denote an equal partner or cherished one - but kind of - "you're number one in line for now."

Hidden Violence Is Blighting Women's Lives

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

This holistic response, from frontline to specialist support, is what Agenda has been formed to campaign for. We can't keep consigning these women to lives of abuse and exclusion. More than three-quarters of the 1.2million women affected by this kind of abuse are mothers: for their sake and that of the next generation of girls, we've got to start getting this right.

To Stop Babies Going Into Care, We Need to Support Mothers

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

The safety and welfare of children must be paramount: there can be no compromise on that principle. But in many cases, a child's welfare is best served by staying with its mother if she can be supported to parent well. Today Nicky Morgan announces a new approach to children's services. But if we really want to improve children's welfare, we need to make sure there is support available for mothers too.

Progress on Tackling Domestic Abuse Is Heartening, But There Is Still More to Do

Karen Bradley | Posted 04.12.2016 | UK Politics
Karen Bradley

Everyone has the right to live free from intimidation, to know those closest to them will not try to control their every move, and to be sure they will be protected if they do suffer abuse... Today I am pleased to say the Government has announced a range of new measures and funding to build on the strides we have already made and offer more protection to victims and survivors of different forms of abuse.