Domestic Abuse

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 17.09.2014 | 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 11.09.2014 | 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 08.09.2014 | 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 02.09.2014 | 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.

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
Skin

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.