Domestic Abuse

Let's Walk4 A World Without Domestic Violence

Sandra Horley CBE | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sandra Horley CBE

To the outside world, because they do not immediately dash for the door, women trapped by their abusive partners may seem submissive. In fact, they are resisting - they adopt survival techniques and actively find ways of coping. An abused woman fights, relentlessly, to keep herself and her children safe.

Violence Victim Wins £75k After Police Use Private Details In Exercise

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK

A domestic abuse victim has been awarded a £75,000 payout from police after her personal details and a recording of a 999 call were used in a trainin...

What Secret Do You Need to Know for Giving a Voice to Vulnerable Animals and Vulnerable People?

Brian Berry | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK
Brian Berry

By creating an animal abuse register it can be the firewall that stops someone from abusing and potentially help them to change their course in life. If the register can change one person's life for the better or protect one-person form abuse the all of the work will be worth it.

AIBU: How the Internet Slang of Self-Doubt Might Obscure Opportunities for Women to Seek Support for Domestic Abuse

Laura Dix | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK
Laura Dix

AIBU is a phrase that we all need to become more aware of. If something makes you feel bad, uncomfortable, afraid, you don't need anyone else's validation that it isn't right. Supporting survivors of abuse, as a friend or as a professional, is about helping the woman trust herself again and encouraging her that she is the expert in her own life. If it doesn't feel right to her, that means it isn't, no matter what anyone else says.

Who Run the World? Girls!

Dr Diahanne Rhiney | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Diahanne Rhiney

I believe that as women we should give Theresa May an opportunity to prove she is what this country needs. Still, a second female Prime Minister should excite us. We may not be exactly where we want to be but we're on our way there. Surely each small step we take towards progress is a step worth celebrating.

Deeds Not Words on Domestic Violence Please, Prime Minister

Jess Phillips | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Politics
Jess Phillips

When Karen Bradley was elevated to Cabinet a space was left for a new Minister for Preventing Abuse, Exploitation and Crime. This job matters to me. This job is the one place where violence against women and girls, modern slavery, and sexual exploitation sits in Government. This is the job I want when I play fantasy reshuffle.

Chilling Film Reminds Us That Older Women Are Affected By Domestic Abuse, Too

The Huffington Post | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Warning: some readers may find the below video and images distressing A powerful film is sending a chilling reminder that domestic abuse can ...

Marriage: The Rings or the Love?

Jennifer Gilmour | Posted 06.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jennifer Gilmour

I don't remember the actual moment when we made the decision to marry but it was because of what we learnt from the loss of two such important people from our lives that we suddenly felt that it was important to us and important that we didn't waste time waiting.

Amber Heard And Johnny Depp: How the Media Have Got This So, So Wrong

Rachel McGrath | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Rachel McGrath

As an entertainment journalist, I should not feel lucky to work somewhere that hasn't fuelled speculation over whether Amber is telling truth, or given a platform to Johnny's pals who, of course, find the idea that he could physically harm a woman ridiculous. But that's the position I've found myself in.

Domestic Abuse Services Should Not Be Celebrating Getting Funding

Emily Abbott | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK
Emily Abbott

There was a picture in my local paper this week of four jubilant women from North Devon Against Domestic Abuse celebrating a funding bid win.   To th...

Mental Health Support Must Be Part of the Response to Domestic Abuse

Diana Barran | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK
Diana Barran

Charities, campaigners and a small but growing number of MPs have done a brilliant job over the last fifteen years in raising awareness of mental health: tackling the myths, encouraging people to talk, and reducing the stigma. We know now that anyone can experience mental health problems, or have a friend or family who is struggling. That one in four stat has stuck...

#MaybeHeDoesntHitYou Reminds Us That Domestic Abuse Is Not Just Physical Violence

The Huffington Post | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle

When people think of an abusive relationship, they often visualise cuts and bruises. But domestic abuse is not just physical, it can include verbal, s...

Stalking: Murder in Slow Motion

Laura Richards | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK
Laura Richards

It is the 'drip drip drip' of direct and indirect stalking behaviours over time that makes it so insidious and damaging - psychologically and physically. Many victims say stalking is like mental rape. I call it murder in slow motion. It's a war of attrition yet many fail to see or understand it. Victims pay with their lives.

Violent Parents - Calling for the End to Child Contact at Any Cost

Jess Phillips | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Politics
Jess Phillips

Imagine you are five years old. Through the crack in your bedroom door you watch your mother begging your dad to stop while he kicks her again. You rush back to your bed and wait for it to stop. Eventually the house is quiet until tomorrow. This is the reality for too many children in the UK.

So Many Abused Women and Children Are Being Failed By the Family Courts

Anonymous Survivor | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK
Anonymous Survivor

That first day in the family courts was one of the worst of my life. I was standing in the courtroom, a stern-looking district judge on high. And the man who'd repeatedly raped me, assaulted me, threatened my life and our children's lives, standing just a few feet away. No protection measures in place - nothing.

In Family Courts, It Is Still Absolutely Routine for Domestic Abuse Survivors to Be Cross-Examined By Their Abusers

Polly Neate | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK
Polly Neate

A Women's Aid survey of survivors of domestic abuse with experience of the family courts found that a quarter had faced direct questions from their abuser. This is happening day in and day out. Justice is not being served. Children are not being protected. With your support, aligned with that of our parliamentary champions, we can change it.

If I May Say So...

Jennifer Evans | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jennifer Evans

As a lesbian living in today's society freedom of speech is a tool I hold dear to my heart. In the UK the LGBTQ community, by law, has the luxury of freedom of speech; some of us are able to embrace it and use it for all its worth. Some of us are not so able to.

Women's Aid and 'The Archers': The Drama of Domestic Abuse

Polly Neate | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Polly Neate

When Women's Aid began working with The Archers on the depiction of coercive control - the gradual erosion of Helen's freedom, self-esteem and relationships by her controlling, abusive husband Rob - we hoped it would help increase public understanding of this sinister crime that is at the heart of domestic abuse. It has certainly done so.

The Unsung Heroes of Domestic Abuse

Polly Neate | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK
Polly Neate

I can guarantee that near you, often in a secret location and always with nowhere near enough funds, women have been working for decades to keep victims of domestic abuse safe. They offer somewhere to flee for safety, working with women and their children as they rebuild their shattered lives. This is the face of charity we never see...

I Wish I Knew...

Ashleigh Mitchell | Posted 25.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ashleigh Mitchell

If someone had told me that I was in an abusive relationship, I wouldn't have believed them. It's only now that I am out of it that I can really see it for what it was. There were no beatings but that doesn't mean there was no abuse.

Life After Domestic Abuse

Jennifer Gilmour | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK
Jennifer Gilmour

I used to wonder if I would ever have a life. In fact I wondered this every day for the five long, lonely years that I lived in a domestic abusive relationship. In the end I didn't care because I was so numb, but here I am now and I want to share with you a snippet of my story.

Two Women Killed Every Week In The UK To Domestic Violence

Jessica Onah | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK
Jessica Onah

Exactly one week after you read this message two women in the UK will be murdered as a result of domestic violence. 42% of women murdered in the UK are as a result of domestic violence. 

The Government Strategy to End Violence Against Women and Girls Needs to Be More Than Words on a Page

Sarah Champion | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK Politics
Sarah Champion

Violence against women and girls is one of the most pressing issues of our day and these words are very welcome. However, as we have seen before, encouraging words are not always followed by appropriate action.

When We're Talking About Equality, We Mustn't Forget the Most Marginalised

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

We've got to get better at reaching all of these women and girls. At recognising the ways in which gender, trauma, poverty, race, and other forms of inequality combine together to trap them. We need systems and services to recognise when women are experiencing these multiple forms of disadvantage, and to provide safe, effective, trauma and gender informed support.

International Women's Day: How Can We Create Gender Equality by 2030?

Shahida Rahman | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Shahida Rahman

Today we will celebrate International Women's Day. The theme this year sets us a challenge as well as a deadline. Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up Fo...