Domestic Abuse

SOS: Save Our Specialist Refuges for Women Fleeing Domestic Violence

Louise Pennington | Posted 19.11.2014 | 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 19.11.2014 | 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 18.11.2014 | 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 17.11.2014 | 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 12.11.2014 | 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 04.11.2014 | 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 30.10.2014 | 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 29.09.2014 | 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...

While Cameron Pleads for Us to Keep It in the Family, Scotland Sings 'I Want to Break Free'... So Who Is the Daddy?

Malory Nye | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Politics
Malory Nye

If we want to see our national politics in familial terms, then we should feel quite alright about doing it in a twenty-first century manner. No divorce is painless, but very often it is what the individuals want.

Why Are All the Men I Date Assholes?

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Leontiades

There are assholes in this world of both genders. But you don't have to date them. If you find yourself attracted to and dating assholes, then you need to take a look at improving your self-esteem, of truly believing that you are worth more.

#WhyIStayed Explains Why Domestic Abuse Victims Can't 'Just Leave' Their Partners

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 11.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

After a video of American football player Ray Rice attacking his then-fiancée (now wife) Janay Rice, and knocking her unconscious, surfaced earlier t...

Fox News Denies It Finds Domestic Abuse Funny

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK

Fox News has denied it finds domestic abuse funny after facing a furious backlash for cracking jokes live on air about a now-suspended NFL player viol...

We Must Listen to Girls Who Speak Up Against Discrimination and Sexual Violence

Nigel Chapman | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK
Nigel Chapman

New research from Plan shows the shocking truth about adolescent girls in developing countries. In one of the largest studies ever undertaken of its kind, we talked to 7000 adolescent girls and boys in 11 countries about girls' opportunities. The findings are overwhelming. These girls are some of the most disadvantaged people on earth.

New Law on Domestic Abuse

Vanessa Lloyd Platt | Posted 01.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Vanessa Lloyd Platt

There are four certainties in life, we live, we die, we pay taxes, and the police will never understand the concept of domestic abuse.

'Calling A Partner Fat Can Lead To Domestic Abuse,' Says Labour Shadow Minister

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Politics

Constantly criticising the weight of a partner may be a sign of domestic abuse, a Labour frontbencher has reportedly said. In a bid to tackle misco...

What Is The Reality Of Being In A 'Psychologically Abusive' Relationship?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A new domestic abuse law could criminalise 'psychological abuse' in intimate relationships. This move has been welcomed by domestic abuse charities...

So Why Is It Hard To Prosecute Emotional Abuse ?

Carla Cretan | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK
Carla Cretan

Emotional abuse is regarded as different from imaginary hypochondria and other mental stress ills because it brings an erosion of personality characterised by real post traumatic syndrome, severe withdrawal and mistrust in the world and its values.

Being A Bullying Psychopath Could Soon Be Illegal...

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK

People who psychologically abuse their partners could be prosecuted for it under a new law. Those who are caused psychological harm by being threat...

Refuge Provision - At Crisis Point?

Vera Baird QC | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK Politics
Vera Baird QC

Statistically, by far the most dangerous time in an abusive relationship and when a women and her children are most likely to be killed is when she seeks help. It is crucial that she is able to leave her home and find a confidential place of safety away from the perpetrator. Without that women will be forced to return to the perpetrator just to ensure that she and her children are not homeless.

The Law Is Failing Victims of Domestic Violence

Rhea Gargour | Posted 29.09.2014 | 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 27.09.2014 | 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 31.08.2014 | 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.