Domestic Abuse

Short-Term Refuge Fund is Great; Now We Need a Long-Term Solution

Polly Neate | Posted 21.08.2015 | UK
Polly Neate

I have said this before, but I will keep banging this drum until it is fully understood: domestic violence refuges are specialist services that provide specialist support. Of course, services for survivors are not solely about refuges; for some women, going into refuge is not necessary.

Domestic Abuse: In Support of Refuges

Gerri McAndrew | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Politics
Gerri McAndrew

Since 2010, 32 refuges for domestic abuse victims have been shut down. Victims now outnumber refuge beds 3,262 to one. Refuge, one of the largest women and children's refuges in the UK, has reported an 80 per cent cut to their services since 2011. All of this has placed incredible strain upon these services and left victims with fewer options.

Why Change in Multi-Agency Responses to Domestic Abuse is Long Overdue

Polly Neate | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK
Polly Neate

The new research into multi-agency risk assessment conferences (MARACs) by Manchester Metropolitan University makes sobering reading, as outlined in the Guardian on Tuesday. It confirms what Women's Aid has heard over and over again from women who have experienced domestic violence and the response of public agencies, and from local specialist services who struggle to advocate for women and support their long-term recovery and independence.

George Osborne's Budget Cuts Will Suffocate the Rights of Young Adults Surviving Abuse

Becca Bland | Posted 09.07.2015 | UK
Becca Bland

The axe has been wielded, the cuts have been announced and George Osborne has predictably chosen to target vulnerable young people.

We Mustn't Ignore the Mental Scars of Domestic Violence

Heidi Riedel | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Politics
Heidi Riedel

Domestic violence is not a topic you would usually associate with the Budget, but this afternoon George Osborne confirmed the news which made the front page of The Sun newspaper on Tuesday: that the Government will provide an extra £3.2m for women's refuge places. This is of course welcome news,

Domestic Violence Victim Shares Heartbreaking Video To Facebook

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 09.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A domestic violence victim has bravely shared her story on social media to show the reality of living in a violent relationship. Emma Murphy, a 26-...

A Third Of People Don't Know This Fact About Domestic Abuse

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

You do not have to be in a relationship with a physically, emotionally or financially abusive person to be a victim of domestic abuse. But new figu...

Domestic Violence and Risk Assessment: Rearranging the Deck Chairs on the Titanic

Laura Richards | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK
Laura Richards

As we await the guidance and implementation for the new offence of coercive control many are gearing up to ensure their response is fit for purpose. ...

Disabled Victims of Domestic Violence Are Failed Here Too

Polly Neate | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK
Polly Neate

This is a different phenomenon from the carer who is overwhelmed by exhaustion and frustration, and takes it out on the cared-for partner. This is deliberate, coercive, controlling abuse: it is domestic violence. And it is vital to support professionals, particularly those working with vulnerable adults, to recognise and respond appropriately to both.

First Domestic Violence Safe House Opens For Women Over 45

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

The country's first safe house for domestic violence victims over the age of 45 has opened. Eva Women's Aid, based in Redcar, Teesside - which has ...

Give Me Shelter: Save Refuges, Save Lives

Polly Neate | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK
Polly Neate

Refuges save lives. It's that simple. You will probably have seen the Women's Aid campaign with The Sun this week, 'Give Me Shelter', supporting Women's Aid's call to protect the national network of specialist domestic violence refuges. Our own campaign, SOS - 'Save Our Services' - was launched last June, informed by survivors of domestic violence and local Women's Aid Federation organisations. One of SOS's main achievements was a £10million fund from the government for refuges. But £10million is not enough. We have a new government, and we need this to be a priority, cutting through the rhetoric of austerity: we need the government to understand that leaving refuges to local decision-making is failing.

Jeremy Kyle Attacks His Own Audience For Laughing At Domestic Violence Victim

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Morning TV stalwart Jeremy Kyle has been forced to lambast his own audience for laughing at a victim of domestic abuse. Guests Geoff and Danni were...

The General Election Doesn't Matter - But Only If You're Russell Brand

Louise Pennington | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Politics
Louise Pennington

Or, any other rich, white guy with a trust fund or 6 figure income or a banker or a footballer or a Russian oligarch or CEO of a multi-national corporation or a hedge fund manager. It matters to the vast majority of families living in the UK (and not "families" as defined by the current obsession with "hard-working families" rhetoric used to punish anyone who is not rich)

Domestic Abuse Can Deny Women Their Vote - Here's How

Polly Neate | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Politics
Polly Neate

Some women cannot vote because it is too dangerous for them to sign up to the electoral register: retaining anonymity when signing up to the Electoral Register is complicated - and, in some instances, impossible.

Cash Machines Can Help Rape Victims Speak Out

Andrew Boff | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Politics
Andrew Boff

With over 36,000 cash machines in the UK, victims would be able to send short text-based messages directly to the police in a discreet way and help them receive assistance from a specialist officer. Such an innovation would help those who may be controlled by their partner, and are fearful of visiting a police station in case they're seen.

A Happy and Safe Mother's Day

Jonathan Simpson | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Politics
Jonathan Simpson

This Sunday is Mother's Day, a time to appreciate the women in our lives and the family unit. Sadly one in four women, many of whom will be mothers, will experience domestic abuse in their lives and will wake up feeling scared, apprehensive or isolated.

Man Scalded By Wife Speaks Out For Male Domestic Violence Victims

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 13.03.2015 | UK

A man who was left with first and second degree burns after being scalded with boiling water by his wife has spoken out in solidarity with other male ...

'Corrie' To Tackle Domestic Abuse Storyline

The Huffington Post UK | Daniel Welsh | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Entertainment

‘Coronation Street’ is to feature a dark storyline that will tackle the tricky subject of child-on-parent abuse. SEE MORE: 'X Factor' Winner F...

On International Women's Day Enough Is Enough

Meg Munn | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Politics
Meg Munn

In the words of Rashida Manjoo, UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women - "Violence against women and girls is the most pervasive human rights violation we face globally, whether in times of peace, conflict or post-conflict transition". We cannot allow this to go on any longer.

Garden Variety Creepiness - Romantic Heroes or Abusive Men

Tom Meagher | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Tom Meagher

n Fifty Shades, we see the egregious result of every Hollywood 'ending as beginning' in a way that still lionises the abuser. Hollywood's classic arc is to portray a controlling man only up to the point where he 'gets' the girl.

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 25.04.2015 | 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 21.04.2015 | 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 13.04.2015 | 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...