Domestic Abuse

Men's Experiences of Violence and Abuse

Luke Martin | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Luke Martin

In my experience gay and bisexual men are more likely to access emotional support. This may be because gay and bisexual men have already had to come to terms with the challenges to their masculinity as they come out.

George Osborne Uses Emotional Blackmail to Keep His Tampon Tax

Thomas Church | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Politics
Thomas Church

Women still have to pay unfair tax, women still get abused and assaulted, and women still get underfunded support and treatment. Don't let the emotional blackmail trick you. Giving to charity should be an 'as well as', not an 'instead of'.

Women and Children Are Still Dying - I Can't Walk Away From That

Ceri | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK

Today, we mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. I commend any campaign to raise awareness of domestic violence, but for me - this is my every day. Each year there are 100,000 victims at high-risk of being seriously injured or killed in the UK. And those are the ones we know about. And that is why I do the job...

Louise Ridley

How A Stick Figure Called Charlie Is Helping Men Who Commit Domestic Violence | Louise Ridley | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK

Every week, a group of men gather in a one-story building in the east of Wakefield, West Yorkshire, to talk about abusing their families. ...

The Women's Sector Crisis: Government and Charity Sector Must Act Now

Polly Neate | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK
Polly Neate

In this fortnight, when the government is both drawing up its spending plans and determining its strategy on violence against women and girls, it's time to decide whether this will be a turning point - or another milestone in the demise of services which truly respond to the needs of abused women.

When We Use the Abuser's Voice

Tom Meagher | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Meagher

At times, voices come back claiming that violence against women is in no way tolerated by most of our society, and some claim (perhaps condescendingly) that I am a victim of my own tragic loss, that I may be more prone to see violence where there is none, because my life has been shattered by it, after the violent death of my wife.

Why I Cried for Domestic Abuse Survivors and Why You Should Be Crying Too

Danniella Westbrook | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Danniella Westbrook

'Why not walk away from the abuse?' people say. If only it was that easy. It's an addiction. And believe me, that I know. I've been an addict, I'm not ashamed to admit that. I've made mistakes. I'm only human. Doesn't matter if it's cocaine or being with an abuser, people relapse. Sounds stupid, but sometimes it's the easiest option.

9 Warning Signs You're In An Abusive Relationship

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Relationships have their ups and downs, but there's a big difference between a relationship that's going through a rough patch and one that's abusive....

A Dysfunctional Family: What Are a Grandchild's Rights?

Olga Levancuka | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK
Olga Levancuka

Raising a question that is rarely addressed... A woman was raised in a dysfunctional family. When she was a baby, she was physically and psychologica...

How Black Dot Campaign Is Helping People Escape Abusive Relationships

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 18.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Recently, HuffPost UK Lifestyle reported on a new campaign enabling victims of domestic violence to silently ask for help. The Black Dot Campaign e...

Breaking the Cycle

Polly Neate | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK
Polly Neate

The level of culture change that's needed for cyclists to feel safe all the time is dauntingly huge. At best, motorists are telling cyclists, "Yes this is our game, our bat, our ball, our rules - but you can play if you want. We own the road but you can use it. What more do you want?" What needs to happen is a new game, new rules. Power has to change hands. That's still a long way off.

We Need to Change the Way We See Domestic Abuse

Georgia Coan | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK
Georgia Coan

The psycho girlfriend. She'll refuse to let you hang out with your best friends for fear you might cheat on her. She'll check your phone at leas...

Domestic Abuse Victim's Moving Video Is Going Viral For All The Right Reasons

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A domestic abuse victim has shared a moving video about her suicidal thoughts to help others who are suffering. Taz Thornton, an empowerment coach...

Black Dot Campaign Offers Domestic Abuse Victims A Silent Way To Ask For Help

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Update: The Black Dot Campaign has since been removed from Facebook by its founder. A subtle campaign is enabling victims of domestic abuse to ask ...

Short-Term Refuge Fund is Great; Now We Need a Long-Term Solution

Polly Neate | Posted 21.08.2015 | UK
Polly Neate

I have said this before, but I will keep banging this drum until it is fully understood: domestic violence refuges are specialist services that provide specialist support. Of course, services for survivors are not solely about refuges; for some women, going into refuge is not necessary.

Domestic Abuse: In Support of Refuges

Gerri McAndrew | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Politics
Gerri McAndrew

Since 2010, 32 refuges for domestic abuse victims have been shut down. Victims now outnumber refuge beds 3,262 to one. Refuge, one of the largest women and children's refuges in the UK, has reported an 80 per cent cut to their services since 2011. All of this has placed incredible strain upon these services and left victims with fewer options.

Why Change in Multi-Agency Responses to Domestic Abuse is Long Overdue

Polly Neate | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK
Polly Neate

The new research into multi-agency risk assessment conferences (MARACs) by Manchester Metropolitan University makes sobering reading, as outlined in the Guardian on Tuesday. It confirms what Women's Aid has heard over and over again from women who have experienced domestic violence and the response of public agencies, and from local specialist services who struggle to advocate for women and support their long-term recovery and independence.

George Osborne's Budget Cuts Will Suffocate the Rights of Young Adults Surviving Abuse

Becca Bland | Posted 09.07.2015 | UK
Becca Bland

The axe has been wielded, the cuts have been announced and George Osborne has predictably chosen to target vulnerable young people.

We Mustn't Ignore the Mental Scars of Domestic Violence

Heidi Riedel | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Politics
Heidi Riedel

Domestic violence is not a topic you would usually associate with the Budget, but this afternoon George Osborne confirmed the news which made the front page of The Sun newspaper on Tuesday: that the Government will provide an extra £3.2m for women's refuge places. This is of course welcome news,

Domestic Violence Victim Shares Heartbreaking Video To Facebook

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 09.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A domestic violence victim has bravely shared her story on social media to show the reality of living in a violent relationship. Emma Murphy, a 26-...

A Third Of People Don't Know This Fact About Domestic Abuse

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

You do not have to be in a relationship with a physically, emotionally or financially abusive person to be a victim of domestic abuse. But new figu...

Domestic Violence and Risk Assessment: Rearranging the Deck Chairs on the Titanic

Laura Richards | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK
Laura Richards

As we await the guidance and implementation for the new offence of coercive control many are gearing up to ensure their response is fit for purpose. ...

Disabled Victims of Domestic Violence Are Failed Here Too

Polly Neate | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK
Polly Neate

This is a different phenomenon from the carer who is overwhelmed by exhaustion and frustration, and takes it out on the cared-for partner. This is deliberate, coercive, controlling abuse: it is domestic violence. And it is vital to support professionals, particularly those working with vulnerable adults, to recognise and respond appropriately to both.

First Domestic Violence Safe House Opens For Women Over 45

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

The country's first safe house for domestic violence victims over the age of 45 has opened. Eva Women's Aid, based in Redcar, Teesside - which has ...

Give Me Shelter: Save Refuges, Save Lives

Polly Neate | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK
Polly Neate

Refuges save lives. It's that simple. You will probably have seen the Women's Aid campaign with The Sun this week, 'Give Me Shelter', supporting Women's Aid's call to protect the national network of specialist domestic violence refuges. Our own campaign, SOS - 'Save Our Services' - was launched last June, informed by survivors of domestic violence and local Women's Aid Federation organisations. One of SOS's main achievements was a £10million fund from the government for refuges. But £10million is not enough. We have a new government, and we need this to be a priority, cutting through the rhetoric of austerity: we need the government to understand that leaving refuges to local decision-making is failing.