Domestic Abuse

Stop The Silence Around Violence Against Women

Johanna Higgs | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK
Johanna Higgs

We need to do something about it and we need to do something about it today. In no single person's moral universe, whether guided by religion or any other cultural value, should the violation and degradation of another's physical body or integrity be allowed.

The Police And State Agencies Must Do More To Protect Victims Of Domestic Violence

Sandra Horley CBE | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK
Sandra Horley CBE

In my 38 years working on the front line against domestic violence I have seen time and again how the justice system can fail women and girls when the...

Unravelling My Thoughts

Rachel Lamb | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Lamb

Admitting that I needed help to organise that box of emotions I'd pushed to the back of my mind for so long was a huge milestone for me. Going from an abusive relationship, to escaping and feeling strong and empowered, to finally coming to terms with the fact that I can't deal with it on my own, is one hell of a realisation.

A Mum's Experience Of Abuse

Jennifer Gilmour | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Parents
Jennifer Gilmour

Having children changes your life in so many ways, not least because you acquire a protective instinct that makes you want to protect them from harm or hurt. I remember feeling this protectiveness instantly when my first child was born.

I'm Proud Of This Government's Action On Domestic Abuse

Suella Fernandes | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Politics
Suella Fernandes

Domestic violence destroys lives. We need to keep on empowering women to come forward, knowing they have the full backing of the justice system and they won't be failed. As a Conservative, and a women, I am enormously proud that this Government is working to protect the most vulnerable women.

It's Time To Be Bold: How We Can Use Technology In The Fight Against Domestic Abuse

Suzanne Jacob | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Tech
Suzanne Jacob

all women everywhere We hear frequently that the internet is a scary place. Every week, we read stories of trolling, revenge porn, online bullying and harassment. This abuse is not new, perpetrators simply have more tools at their fingertips. But if they have new ways of inflicting fear, we must have new ways of overcoming it.

How You Can Help Grow Solidarity And Sisterhood For All Women Everywhere

Polly Neate | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK
Polly Neate

As the Chief Executive of Women's Aid, the national domestic abuse charity, I all too often see the worst experiences of women 2017. The fact is, that women are abused because they are women: because we as women are not equal. Abuse feeds off our inequality - and abuse feeds our inequality too.

Kicking The Kyriarchy Episode 09: Relationships

Elena Guthrie | Posted 05.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Elena Guthrie

Did things end well? Or not so well, and you explain the animosity by declaring that they were 'out of their mind', 'crazy' or 'unhinged'? This kind of language is harmful and enormously disrespectful of people with mental health problems, so we wouldn't normally use it - but here it's important to use those labels.

Theresa May Is Playing A Smoke And Mirrors Game With Domestic Abuse Legislation

Olivia Piercy | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK Politics
Olivia Piercy

Theresa May is the most powerful person in the country and when she says she's tackling domestic violence, people assume she's genuinely prioritising the issue. So whilst I'm glad the issue is being discussed, if she's not going to put her money where her mouth is, I wish she'd pipe down.

Why Men Need To Get Behind The Istanbul Convention Bill

Alexander Morgan | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK
Alexander Morgan

Ridding the world of gender inequality will, I believe, curb the increase in intimate abuse. I want to live in a world where no one is shamed because of their body, the money they earn or their perceived gender. The Istanbul Convention is the vehicle for tackling gender inequality, and that's why I support it.

When Is An Abuser Not An Abuser?

Jean Hatchet | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK
Jean Hatchet

To my particular abuser, who did many but not all of the things above, I say this. Every time I say sorry for no reason. That's on you. Every time I flinch at a raised voice. That's on you. Every time I wake sweating from a nightmare of what you did. That's on you. Every time I cry remembering the things you did and said. That's on you.

Living With Emotional Abuse

Cookie Kibbles | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Cookie Kibbles

Emotional abuse, or any abuse, starts small. People with the tendency to become abusive (that's a nice way of saying abusers) know that they have problems with control or with anger, and at the start of a relationship, they are good at hiding and trying to act 'normal'.

Lost Time

Rachel Lamb | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Lamb

The important point to remember is you choose your own path. Along that path you choose your own way, and everyone will have something different and unique to them, we won't reach where we want to be all at the same time.

Importance Of Support This Time To Talk Day

Heidi Riedel | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK
Heidi Riedel

Time to Change is a great campaign and over recent years has generated a measurable shift in people's attitudes to mental health problems, with almost 100,000 pledging to do their bit to end mental health stigma.

Mr President, Let's Talk Abortion

Lauren Derrett | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lauren Derrett

Should she bring a child into a relationship where there was abuse just because 'she didn't believe in abortion'? Is that the best thing for her to do? She was already keeping the abuse secret from her family and her kids, how could she choose to inflict this life of secrecy and pain on an innocent child who never asked to be born?

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.

Jeremy Corbyn Says Women's Rights Will Be 'Front And Centre' Of Everything Labour Does

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 10.12.2016 | UK Politics

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is pledging to give the victims of domestic abuse more legal support. Corbyn is committing a future Labour government to...

David Beckham Raises Awareness Around Child Abuse In New Unicef Campaign Video

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Parents

David Beckham has appeared in a new film for Unicef, highlighting the lifelong scars that emotional and physical abuse leaves on children. Beckham, wh...

Hairdressers And Shop Workers Will Be Trained To Help Domestic Abuse Victims

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Domestic abuse affects one in four women and one in six men in their lifetime. But it’s often difficult for these people to access the help they so ...

Monitoring Coercive Control, Aiming to Save Lives

Dr Kate Cook | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK
Dr Kate Cook

On 29th December 2015 the new offence of "Coercive or controlling behaviour in an intimate or family relationship" came into force. Dr Kate Cook of M...

It's A Privilege To Play Rob And Show Domestic Abuse Can And Does Happen Anywhere

Timothy Watson | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Timothy Watson

I am frequently asked, what's Rob like to play? Well it sounds trite, but - it's a privilege. The old cliche that 'the villains are the most fun to play' is in part, true (although along with 'break a leg' and 'I'm not out of work, just resting', I've never once heard it said by an actor). But Rob Titchener is more than a 'villain'. He is arrogant, narcissistic and abusive psychopath. He is also - so he believes - charming, kind, loving and selfless. Very complex, in other words. And therein lies the challenge and the thrill to the actor.

The Links Between Abuse And Women's Mental Health Can't Be Ignored

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

Today is the international day for the elimination of violence against women. A sad reminder of how common violence against women still is around the world and here in the UK.

What It Means To Be A Man During The 16 Days Of Action For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women And Girls

Luke Martin | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK
Luke Martin

I want to raise awareness and show my support to all victims, and get the world having the conversation that violence and abuse is never ok and there is support out there. Together we can make a change.

A Cry For Health

Diana Barran | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Diana Barran

Today, we publish our research 'A Cry for Health' - a rallying cry to every hospital in England and Wales to have specialist domestic abuse support onsite.

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...