Domestic Abuse

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...

Yes, Men Need Support For Domestic Abuse. No, Domestic Abuse Is Not Gender-Neutral

Polly Neate | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK
Polly Neate

Victimhood is not a competition. There should be help for all who need it. But by cutting services for women, lives are put at risk. Of course men need support to recover from domestic abuse. But to deny that iceberg exists, to deny the roots of the still-rising tide of violence against women in misogyny and inequality, is to turn our backs on prevention.

Escape from Abuse On The Emotional Rollercoaster

Rachel Lamb | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Lamb

Escaping from abuse isn't as easy as 'just leaving'. You can't get up and walk away when you decide you've had enough. I wish it was that easy. It is often a long process, a long time of wanting to do it but not knowing how. Then comes how to do it, you need a window of opportunity, a carefully devised plan of action to minimise any threat to your safety.

His Changing Behaviour That Led To My Escape

Rachel Lamb | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Lamb

For the next week or so he'd randomly be waiting for me outside of work or at the station, watching from a distance so he could see me but I couldn't see him. As I type this it's a sickening thought, basically being stalked by your own boyfriend because he can't even trust you to get home on your own.

Domestic Abuse Awareness Month 2016: More Than Purple

Dr Diahanne Rhiney | Posted 31.10.2016 | UK
Dr Diahanne Rhiney

If we continue to focus on gestures rather than real and tangible results, the Domestic Abuse pandemic will worsen. More women will be killed. More children will suffer. Do something meaningful today.

His Changing Behaviour

Rachel Lamb | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Lamb

I spent half of the night messaging him and talking to him on the phone. The end result was me going home early. In my mind this was a triumph for me, I'd managed to go out. However for him, it was also a triumph, a much bigger, much more overpowering triumph. Mine dwarfed in comparison. He knew he'd won.

Victim Blaming Must Stop

Ant Meads | Posted 05.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ant Meads

Firstly let me say, I have been the victim in an abusive relationship. The way masculinity is framed within society makes it incredibly difficult to 'come out' as it were and talk about this. The discussion around this story and the amount of victim blaming that has gone on is abhorrent.

We've Got To Start Joining The Dots Between Poverty And Abuse

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

If we want to ensure that women's life chances aren't narrowed by gender, that girls born today won't face the limitations and closing off of opportunities caused by the combination of poverty and abuse, we've got to start joining these dots.

From The Archers To X Factor, Mental Health Support Is Key For Domestic Abuse Survivors

Heidi Riedel | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK
Heidi Riedel

Over the years many British soaps have tackled the issue of domestic violence but I don't think any have generated as much interest- and as many headlines- as The Archers has of late.

Helen Is Set To Face Rob In Family Courts - Here's How We're Campaigning For Real Helens With Child First

Polly Neate | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK
Polly Neate

Life imitates art again. As Helen faces Rob in the family courts in The Archers, our Child First campaign, which is calling for radical change to the family court system in order to protect survivors of domestic abuse and their children, is going to Parliament.

As Helen's Trial Begins, Refuges for Real-Life Helens Are In Crisis Again

Polly Neate | Posted 04.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Polly Neate

As the trial of Helen Titchener begins, if her plight makes you afraid for real-life survivors of domestic abuse - so it should. And if it makes you think and hope that those real-life women have a way to escape, then you should be even more afraid. I'm here to tell you that their escape route is in danger of being shut down. As actors Louiza Patikas (Helen) and Timothy Watson (Rob) have portrayed so compellingly in The Archers, the level of control a domestic abuse perpetrator can exert over his victim, over time, is total. Yet, it is also often invisible to those around her, even those who care most - or even to herself.

'The Archers' Fans Show ‘Solidari-Tea’ With Real-Life Survivors Of Domestic Abuse

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 31.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Across the country people have been sharing photos of themselves holding a cup of tea in order to show “solidari-tea” to survivors of domestic abu...

Let's Walk4 A World Without Domestic Violence

Sandra Horley CBE | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sandra Horley CBE

To the outside world, because they do not immediately dash for the door, women trapped by their abusive partners may seem submissive. In fact, they are resisting - they adopt survival techniques and actively find ways of coping. An abused woman fights, relentlessly, to keep herself and her children safe.

Violence Victim Wins £75k After Police Use Private Details In Exercise

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK

A domestic abuse victim has been awarded a £75,000 payout from police after her personal details and a recording of a 999 call were used in a trainin...

What Secret Do You Need to Know for Giving a Voice to Vulnerable Animals and Vulnerable People?

Brian Berry | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK
Brian Berry

By creating an animal abuse register it can be the firewall that stops someone from abusing and potentially help them to change their course in life. If the register can change one person's life for the better or protect one-person form abuse the all of the work will be worth it.

AIBU: How the Internet Slang of Self-Doubt Might Obscure Opportunities for Women to Seek Support for Domestic Abuse

Laura Dix | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK
Laura Dix

AIBU is a phrase that we all need to become more aware of. If something makes you feel bad, uncomfortable, afraid, you don't need anyone else's validation that it isn't right. Supporting survivors of abuse, as a friend or as a professional, is about helping the woman trust herself again and encouraging her that she is the expert in her own life. If it doesn't feel right to her, that means it isn't, no matter what anyone else says.

Who Run the World? Girls!

Dr Diahanne Rhiney | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Diahanne Rhiney

I believe that as women we should give Theresa May an opportunity to prove she is what this country needs. Still, a second female Prime Minister should excite us. We may not be exactly where we want to be but we're on our way there. Surely each small step we take towards progress is a step worth celebrating.

Deeds Not Words on Domestic Violence Please, Prime Minister

Jess Phillips | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Politics
Jess Phillips

When Karen Bradley was elevated to Cabinet a space was left for a new Minister for Preventing Abuse, Exploitation and Crime. This job matters to me. This job is the one place where violence against women and girls, modern slavery, and sexual exploitation sits in Government. This is the job I want when I play fantasy reshuffle.

Chilling Film Reminds Us That Older Women Are Affected By Domestic Abuse, Too

The Huffington Post | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Warning: some readers may find the below video and images distressing A powerful film is sending a chilling reminder that domestic abuse can ...