Domestic Abuse

The Law Is Failing Victims of Domestic Violence

Rhea Gargour | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Politics
Rhea Gargour

Our criminal justice system is currently failing victims of domestic violence. There are substantial gaps in the law that allow abusers to evade justice and enforce the view that unless there are bruises, the perpetrator hasn't done anything wrong.

A Labour Government Would Make Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls a Priority

Yvette Cooper | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Politics
Yvette Cooper

I am particularly worried about the justice gap and the lack of action when it comes to violence against women. Not only have prosecutions and convictions fallen at a time when reported crimes are going up, there is a growing use of community resolutions which are just inappropriate for serious crimes. Much as the Home Office like to tell us this is OK, it isn't.

Speaking Ill of the Dead

Penny Hardie | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Penny Hardie

I am an outgoing, lively person who stands up for herself, at times a force to be reckoned with, so how could I let myself be bullied for six years? To compound the issue the bully in question died and I have felt obliged to honour and defend his memory ever since. And that is twenty long years.

Victims and Survivors of LGBT Domestic Abuse Must Know That They Are Not Alone

Lord Brian Paddick | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Politics
Lord Brian Paddick

Violence against women and children by men is important but it is not the whole story. It is important for victims or survivors of LGBT domestic abuse to know that they are not alone, that help and advice is available and that they do not need to put up with an abusive relationship. Many people think support for victims of domestic violence is only available to women who suffer at the hands of an abusive male partner but that is not the case. Many people are unaware that they can be safe, they can be supported and that there is a route out of an abusive same-sex relationship.

Not Just Suds and Bubbles - The Lasting Social Impact of Modern Day Soaps

Charly Lester | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Charly Lester

Despite the snobbery, soaps attract dedicated followings. A full cross-section of society, who will watch any story with which they are presented, no matter how uncomfortable. On a daily basis, topics like euthanasia, gender identification, murder, rape and domestic abuse are brought directly into homes around the country.

Police Treat Domestic Abuse Victims With 'Apathy And Hostility'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK

Police failures over domestic abuse are "breathtaking" and victims are often met with "apathy, disbelief and outright hostility from officers", a char...

Where Are the Women Who Will Raise Their Voices for Those Raped, Hit, and Attacked for Being Women?

Skin | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Entertainment

This Friday, I'll be taking to the stage in Trafalgar Square, and shouting from the top of my lungs that we do not have to be fed up, that we do not have to accept this. At midday I'll be joining One Billion Rising, a global campaign that has made it its mission to end violence against women, and rising up for justice for women here in the UK and far further afield. We will call for political change, from mandatory sex education in schools, action to ensure that women in immigration detention centres are safe from violence, and the repeal of visa laws that tie domestic workers to their employers and put them at serious risk of exploitation. We will dance and sing - and we will make ourselves heard.

Simone de Beauvoir and Page 3: Why Banning the Degradation of Women Still Matters

Katy Gregory | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Katy Gregory

Why do we continue to reduce women to their physical image? Simone de Beauvoir once said "...modern woman is everywhere permitted to regard her body as capital for exploitation." Objectification is hurting women.

The Real 'Public Health Emergency' in the UK Is Domestic Violence, Not Divorce

Janey Stephenson | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Politics
Janey Stephenson

Fiona Bruce MP recently stated that the breakdown of marriage was a "public health emergency". She couldn't be further from the truth. The real public health emergency in the UK is domestic violence, from which two women die per week. MPs like Bruce should be supporting women for leaving abusive marriages, not judging them.

WATCH: Facebook 'Unfriending' Sees Boiling Water Thrown At Teenage Girl

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

A Facebook rift has turned to tragedy after a 15-year-od girl apparently had boiling water thrown in her face by a teenage boy for un-friending him on...

Rape: What Can Britain Do About It?

Jack Fletcher | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Fletcher

Unfortunately, as humans, if we have a notion that a crime can be gotten away with, then the incidence of that crime will be reflected in that belief; a virtue all too common place in sexual violence.

Italian Men Seek Help to Stop Them Battering Wives and Partners

Maria Caspani | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Caspani

Experts working in gender violence say there are only a few centres across Italy dedicated to helping violent men challenge and change their behaviour, though the scale of the problem deserves greater resources.

Aristocrat Admits Beating Wife Over 22 Years

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

An aristocrat from one of Britain's grandest families has been told he faces jail after admitting subjecting his wife to 22 years of beatings. Lord...

Bullet Point

Ezra Tafari Rose | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ezra Tafari Rose

I used to braid my great granny's Jamaican head of hair. That's when my daddy noticed I was queer. That's the time my big brother started to disappear. That's when the fear begun to be there for me. That's when the bullying begun. That's when he first pointed the gun.

Man Padlocks Woman's Jeans Shut

Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.10.2013 | UK

A Mexican man with fairly sizeable jealousy issues has been arrested after padlocking his girlfriend's jeans so she wouldn't be able to cheat on him. ...

Why Won't She Leave Him? Abused Women Often Fear For Pets Left Behind

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Veterinarians and women's shelters can make it easier for abused women to decide to leave their homes, particularly when the abuser is using a beloved...

Courts Are Putting Victims of Domestic Violence in Danger

Annabel Burn | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Annabel Burn

Should a domestic violence victim face prison for withholding their safe/flee address? According to our Justice System and courts the answer is yes!

Saudi Arabia Passes First Ban On Domestic Violence

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK

SEE ALSO: Saudi Arabian Women's Conference... With Not A Female In Sight (PICTURE) A ban on domestic violence and other abuse has been passed by Sa...

Why There's No Such Thing as a 'Nice Drunk'

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

You know the one, right? Hail-fellow-well-met. Everyone's pal. The life and soul. Always great for a laugh, cracking jokes. The one you'd always prefer to be sat next to on a night out. Witty. Good drinker. Generous. Entertaining. Yeah, drinks more than is recommended but doesn't everyone? And truly is so nice with it that there's just no harm. Bullsh*t.

Woman Given Life Sentence For Cutting Off Husband's Penis And Throwing in Waste Disposal

Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.06.2013 | UK

A woman has been sentenced to life in prison for cutting off her ex-husband's penis and throwing it in the waste disposal. Catherine Kieu, from Cal...

Violence Against Women: Time for Action

Professor Charlotte Watts | Posted 20.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Charlotte Watts

New global projections launched today on the prevalence of violence against women should serve as a wake up call to the international community as well as national governments. Our report on 'global and regional estimates of violence against women: prevalence and health consequences', show that 35% of all women globally will experience intimate partner or non-partner violence.

Third Of Murdered Women 'Killed By Partner'

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.06.2013 | UK

More than a third of women murdered around the world are killed by their partner, a study has shown. They are six times more likely to be murdered ...

Why Do Women Stay in Relationships With Violent Men?

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 18.08.2013 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

Victims of domestic abuse frequently drop legal cases if the perpetrator promises to change, suggesting emotional attachment drives unhelpful decisions. As many as 80 percent of victims 'recant', meaning they drop the charges, or deny the crime occurred.

Reluctant Feminist

Wendy Wason | Posted 18.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Wendy Wason

I'm not sure if there is a cultural shift where it's ok to be demeaning to women or if it's just easier to access now. What I do know is that it is completely unacceptable. Now I'm far from a reluctant feminist. I'm a strident one.

Nigella Lawson and Why if a Man Assaults You Then You Should Walk

Liz Jarvis | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Jarvis

To me, it's simple. If a man assaults you, you walk. If he lays one finger on your kids, you walk. Of course, I'm saying that as a strong woman, and I understand many women will find themselves undermined and emotionally abused by their partners to the point where they no longer feel able to fight.