Domestic Abuse

Women Experiencing Domestic Violence Suffer For Nearly 3 Years

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Women who suffer at the hands of domestic violence are stuck in their situation for nearly three years, on average, before getting the help they need,...

Nine Signs of Toxic Relationships

Malminder Gill | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Malminder Gill

Emotional abuse can cause more harm than physical beatings, and the wounds do not always heal, at least not completely. They can fester and adversely affect every aspect of life. It is important to recognize the signs of a toxic relationship before suffering extensive mental and emotional damage.

The New Model for Responding to Domestic Abuse

Polly Neate | Posted 20.02.2015 | UK Politics
Polly Neate

By listening to women, identifying their resources and their needs, and working with them to achieve the best possible outcomes for themselves and their children, we can provide help earlier and make sure its effects actually last.

Fifty Shades of Realism

Clare Allington | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Allington

Let's not shy away from the fact that the protagonist is actually a sadistic abuser and bully which is apparent to anyone with an ounce of common sense; and is sold as opening a doorway to a lifestyle that is shrouded in mystery for many.

Two In Five Teenage Girls Suffer Sexual Violence From Partners, Study Reveals

PA | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Two in five girls, some aged just 13, have experienced sexual violence from a partner, according to a new study into teenage relationships. The res...

New Stats Reveal Shocking Fact About Those Who Murder Women

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

New statistics revealed by a campaign group show a harrowing trend - 46% of women killed by men are murdered by their boyfriends, husbands or exes. ...

Can Emotional Abuse Ever be Proven?

Stacey Lucas | Posted 29.01.2015 | UK
Stacey Lucas

According to the NSPCC, emotional abuse includes humiliation, threats, blaming towards a child. The overall definition is not much different for adults.

Why the 'Slap Her' Video Is Innately Sexist and Is Problematic for All Genders

Vicky Chan | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Vicky Chan

On the surface, the video is a sweet portrayal of seemingly gentlemanly boys. However, you only have to look a little closer to realise that what they're saying and how the video is made only reflects the twisted, deep-rooted gender ideals still present in our modern day society.

Domestic Violence: I Am Not 'Just Going to Deal With It'

Ann Yip | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ann Yip

It's easy to write about domestic violence as statistical figures, as if it's happened to others, possibly those with backgrounds dissimilar to your own. But writing about it as an experience not only of yours, but of others around you, is another matter...

Theresa May's New Domestic Coercion Laws May Not Work

Bob Morgan | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

The government is planning new laws against coercive and controlling behavior within relationships - this could include financial control - preventing a partner seeing friends and things like setting oppressive house 'rules'.

Now the Law CAN Protect Victims of Domestic Violence

Rhea Gargour | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK
Rhea Gargour

Today, our legal system is one step closer to being able to hold domestic violence perpetrators accountable for their crimes. It is one step closer to being able to accurately depict the true nature of domestic violence within the courtroom and further protect victims of domestic violence and their children.

This Is The Harrowing Face Of Domestic Abuse

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK

Hampshire police have released truly harrowing footage of a woman shortly after she was viciously beaten by her husband. Officers responding to a 9...

A Day to Stand Up for Victims of LGBT* Domestic Violence and Abuse

Jo Harvey Barringer | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Harvey Barringer

10 December marks a historic day for LGBT* people, when thousands of gay couples across the UK are able to convert their civil partnerships into marriage. But as we celebrate this milestone in our history, perhaps it is also about time we speak out about the other, often hidden, side of LGBT* marriages and relationships.

It's Not About 'Bullying Husbands', It's About Domestic Violence

Rhea Gargour | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK
Rhea Gargour

On Sunday, many news outlets were reporting that psychological abuse and coercive control were going to be criminalised. Some articles used sensational headlines to grab attention, leading to comments that complained of a "nanny state", arguing that such a law was unenforceable.

Which Ex-Partner Would End Up In Prison According to This New Law?

Sacha Wise | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK
Sacha Wise

Our voice often stays silent. Often, we try not to be heard stepping on eggshells constantly. This is an emotional abusive relationship, where we love to the point of brokenness and then want to scream out loud from the anguish that is usually turned on mute.

SOS: Save Our Specialist Refuges for Women Fleeing Domestic Violence

Louise Pennington | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Pennington

This is the tagline for the new campaign by Women's Aid to save specialist refuges for survivors of domestic violence across England from catastrophic funding cuts. Between 2010 and 2014, 32 specialist refuges have closed due to cuts to funding.

International Men's Day, and Talking About How We Feel About Stuff

Charlie Lindlar | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Charlie Lindlar

This International Men's Day, don't take it for a joke, think about the men in our society who face real, life-changing issues every day of their lives and feel they should suffer in silence. They'll be your fathers, brothers, colleagues and best mates, and they need your help.

Should You Intervene If You Witness Domestic Violence?

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A Swedish social experiment aiming to explore how members of the public react to staged scenes of domestic violence has received over three million hi...

Thank You Julien Blanc for Highlighting the Checklist for Domestic Abuse

Annabel Burn | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Annabel Burn

Every single person should know what abuse looks like. Abusers get their hooks in when victims aren't prepared, so make sure you can spot the early signs! Anyone can be a victim, but forewarned is forearmed

Death Penalty for Women Offenders

Felicity Gerry | Posted 11.01.2015 | UK
Felicity Gerry

We all took the view that public sympathy is with the women who are in effect sentenced to the equivalent of a death penalty whilst their children suffer the consequences. When they ask me - where were you Mummy when all these women were dying in prison, I will be proud to say I was at the HLE Debate and we didn't just talk about change we made it happen.

Rachel Moss

Domestic Violence Against Men Is Not About Weakness And Isn't A Joke

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachel Moss | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A person has been attacked by their partner - they've been beaten with a hammer, scalded with boiling water and had bleach sprayed into their eyes. Th...

The Law on Domestic Violence Needs to Be Strengthened - But Not by Criminalising Coercive Control

Sandra Horley CBE | Posted 03.01.2015 | UK
Sandra Horley CBE

What is the point of creating new laws when the ones we already have are not being used effectively? A law is only as good as its implementation. It is already possible to prosecute non-physical forms of abuse - including psychiatric injury, threats, stalking and harassment. We need to get the basics right first... I agree that the law needs to be strengthened - but not by criminalising coercive control. Instead, the government needs to abandon its gender-neutral approach to tackling domestic violence and start addressing violence against women for what it truly is - a deeply gendered crime.

I Am a Deaf Survivor, Last Week, I Wore Purple For Others Like Me

Melissa Mostyn | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Melissa Mostyn

Language is key. Who says your perpetuator has to be in the frame? Why not yourself? Is it not more empowering to say, 'I am a survivor' without referring once to them by name, or identifiable detail? If their behaviour was that criminal, surely other people would work that out for themselves?

Re-Framing Domestic Violence Law Reform

Laura Richards | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK
Laura Richards

Changing the law cannot be a substitute for improving the police response. However, legislative change signals training and awareness and can drive culture change to better protect women and children, hold perpetrators to account and effectively lead to a reduction in murder. And police, prosecutors and courts must have the best possible tools to do their job and keep victims and their children safe.

Jamelia Reveals Abusive Past Relationship

The Huffington Post UK | Daniel Welsh | Posted 18.09.2014 | UK Entertainment

Jamelia has spoken candidly about her personal experiences with domestic violence, revealing that her abusive relationship even left her fearing for h...