Domestic Abuse

This Archers Plotline Inspired People To Give Thousands To Charity

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK

A donations page setup on behalf of a fictional character from the world's longest-running radio soap opera has raised over £11,000 for a domestic vi...

How to Prosecute on the Ever-Changing Rulebook That Is Coercive Control

Kylie Barton | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK
Kylie Barton

It is just a shame that with this new law, the government did not provide new pots of funding to increase the knowledge base on the subject, and how to use the new powers.

There Is Life After Domestic Abuse - But Not Necessarily as You Know It

Anna J Lawrence | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Anna J Lawrence

Many women label themselves as 'damaged goods'. I prefer to think of us as 'different'. Like a valuable, china ornament that has been smashed on the floor and painstakingly put back together. There are scars that will never go, but there is still beauty.

Domestic Violence Survivor Sings Empowering Song From Hospital Bed

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A domestic violence survivor has urged other men and women "not to tolerate abuse" from partners by filming herself singing from her hospital bed. ...

If So Many Of Us Are Unhappy With The State Of Society, Why Do So Many Of Us Choose To Turn A Blind Eye?

Anna J Lawrence | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK
Anna J Lawrence

An interesting discussion kicked off in my parent's lounge today, over our Saturday morning coffee. "How is the book (Fools' Words) doing?" asked Pops...

The New Coercive Control Law Is Progress, But How Much Will It Really Help Victims?

Anna J Lawrence | Posted 12.01.2016 | UK
Anna J Lawrence

December 2015 was memorable for me. I published my first book Fools' Words, a fictionalised memoir drawn from my own experience of domestic abuse. Th...

WE Will Work Every Day to Rebuild the Structures of Our Society Until Gender Inequality Has Been Removed From Them

Sophie Walker | Posted 06.01.2016 | UK Politics
Sophie Walker

Reports of domestic violence stand now at record levels, according to new police figures. But Hannah is not just another statistic. Her suffering is real. She has suffered at the hands of an abusive partner, and her story must stand out and be told.

Now Domestic Abusers Who Use Social Media To Torment Their Victims Will Face Jail Time

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 29.12.2015 | UK

Domestic abusers who use social media to control their victims or spy on them online could face up to five years in prison under a new law that came i...

Comedian Writes Powerful Instagram Post About Abusive Relationship

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 30.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A comedian has written about a past abusive relationship in a frank and moving Instagram post. On Monday Beth Stelling, a well-known US comedian, u...

Change in Legislation Recognises Control Is at the Centre of Domestic Abuse

Diana Barran | Posted 30.12.2015 | UK
Diana Barran

From 29 December, 'controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship' will become illegal. It does not need to be physically violent; it does not even need to be physically threatening, but it is abuse. From now, you can be tried in a criminal court and face up to five years in prison if found guilty of it.

Domestic Abuse Still Happens At Christmas, Here's How To Seek Help

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 23.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Domestic abuse is not just about violence. It can include verbal, sexual, psychological, financial or emotional abuse. It is the use of intimidation t...

Domestic Violence: Women Need Psychological Support Not Just Protection

Heidi Riedel | Posted 22.12.2015 | UK
Heidi Riedel

In terms of the support women need, there are very practical and vital services women need to escape from domestic violence and to protect themselves. Women need safe refuge for both themselves and, where necessary, their children. They also need an understanding and effective police force

Police's 'Canteen Culture' Attitude To Women 'Hindering Response To Domestic Abuse'

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 14.12.2015 | UK

Police leaders must do more to overcome the "canteen culture" that has bred negative attitudes to women and hindered its ability to investigate domest...

What Is It Like Living in a Women's Refuge?

Cash Carraway | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK
Cash Carraway

She was waiting for me in an Addison Lee outside of St Pancras. She told me she was my key worker. We made small talk as we drove a to a grand Georgian house. We sat in her office for hours filling in forms before she issued me with my PO Box address, door keys and the one refuge rule - no one must know where you are.

Domestic Abuse and Teenagers: The Coercive Control Offence Must Fulfil Its Promise

Polly Neate | Posted 09.12.2015 | UK
Polly Neate

Young people and teenagers are far less likely than adults to know where to turn for help, and research shows that if parents think they would know if their daughter was being abused by a boyfriend, they are kidding themselves. Only a tiny minority of teenage victims would tell a parent. The new criminal offence is a significant step forward.

So What Does This New Domestic Violence Law Really Mean?

Rhea Gargour | Posted 05.12.2015 | UK
Rhea Gargour

What does the law do? The new law criminalises perpetrators who coerce, control and psychologically abuse their victims. In order for the offence to apply, the behaviour would have to pass two main tests.

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

Karen Bradley | Posted 07.12.2015 | 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.

How to Spend £40 Million: Five Key Priorities for Domestic Abuse Funding

Polly Neate | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK
Polly Neate

Accountability is critical. There are lots of ways councils could be held to account. A commissioner, a taskforce, an ombudsperson: all of these have been suggested. These are all fine - as long as the government also ensures that local councils follow our list of five key priorities for the funding too.

What About Domestic Violence at Christmas?

Rhea Gargour | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK
Rhea Gargour

Christmas is coming. For most of us, the start of December signals a time of happiness and fun - where we get to enjoy quality time with our families, indulge in good food and share Christmas spirit. But for victims of domestic violence and their children, Christmas can be a scary time instead.

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
Ceri

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.