Domestic Violence.

The Law Is Failing Victims of Domestic Violence

Rhea Gargour | Posted 30.07.2014 | 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.

Tory MP David Ruffley To Stand Down After 'Protracted Media Debate' About Assault

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK

A Tory MP who apologised after receiving a police caution for domestic assault involving his former partner will stand down at the 2015 general electi...

MP Who Attacked Girlfriend Just Got Worst Type Of Support From Local Tory

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK

UPDATE: David Ruffley is to stand down at the 2015 general election. There is no reason why a man who assaults his girlfriend should not be an MP...

A Labour Government Would Make Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls a Priority

Yvette Cooper | Posted 28.07.2014 | 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.

A Toxic Kind of Love

Ekaterina Botziou | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ekaterina Botziou

From a young age we are taught that forgiveness and acceptance is the key to happiness. But have these teachings been misconstrued to such an extent that we now have a warped view of what actually deserves forgiveness and acceptance? Do we now unconsciously gravitate towards destructive relationships, believing that without pain there can be no real passion?

Does This Make You Look At Domestic Violence Differently?

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

It is estimated that there were 12.9 million incidents of domestic violence acts against women in the UK in 2013, and one project is aiming to throw t...

'Murdered By My Boyfriend': Give Victims a Voice

Kat Hind | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kat Hind

The horrifying reality of domestic abuse is that it happens in the home, often over a period of time in which abuse may escalate into severe violence. However because of the ongoing nature of this sort of crime, it becomes inexcusable that there is a deficiency in effective intervention and prevention.

10 Things You Need to Know Before You Make Assumptions About Gender and Domestic Violence

Suzi Godson | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Godson

More women than men experience domestic violence, but the gap is not as wide as you might think. In the 2011/12 Crime Survey for England and Wales, 1.2 million (7%) women and 800,000 (5%) men reported having experienced any type of domestic abuse in the last year. This means that for every five victims of domestic violence, three will be female and two will be male.

Caroline Frost

TV REVIEW: Murdered By My Boyfriend - All Too Real | Caroline Frost | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Entertainment

With 'Murdered By My Boyfriend', BBC3 once again proved the breadth of its ambition, with this disturbing drama that kicked off its focus this week on...

Yikes: Disturbing Article From 1913 Debates The Pros And Cons Of Wife Beating

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A disturbing vintage article has been unearthed, debating whether or not a man should beat his wife. The clipping, tweeted on Monday evening by Buz...

Time to Give Domestic Violence the Red Card

Polly Neate | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Polly Neate

Football is too often seen as a problem, something which provokes violence, drunkenness, and irresponsible behaviour. Women's Aid knows that actually football is one of the greatest uniting forces in this country, and it has enormous power to bring people together and tackle problems.

Rough Justice for Child Abuse Victims

Peter Wanless | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK
Peter Wanless

By any measure 1989 was a momentous year. The Berlin Wall came crashing down and idea of the worldwide web was conceived. There was also a ground-breaking report from a UK judge recommending a better deal for child victims of sexual and other assaults who gave evidence against their abusers.

It's Time to Criminalise Psychological Abuse

Polly Neate | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK
Polly Neate

We're asking the government to criminalise psychological abuse, coercive control and allow the police to take patterns of repeated abusive behaviour into account so that no one has to feel, like Claire: "I felt that I would never, ever be free. He controlled every aspect of my life, and left me terrified and feeling worthless and alone."

Domestic Violence - What About the Children?

Stacey Lucas | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK
Stacey Lucas

According to the Office of National Statistics report in 2011/12 there was 2 million victims of domestic violence. 7% of women and 5% of men were estimated to have experienced domestic abuse, equivalent to an estimated 1.2 million female and 800,000 male victims.

Loathsome Bar Sign 'I Like My Beer Like I Like My Violence - Domestic' Goes Viral

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 29.05.2014 | UK

A chalkboard sign in a Texas bar has gone viral – for all the wrong reasons. Drinker Courtney Joye Williams was celebrating a birthday at Scruff...

The War on Women: Denying Misogyny Is Gaslighting

Louise Pennington | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Pennington

Men who kill choose to kill. Men who rape, assault and torture women choose to do so. Rodger's crime isn't an aberration. The video he released on YouTube is the same justification given by millions of men who choose to harm women.

What Would You Do If You Saw A Woman Attacking A Man?

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

From day one it's drummed into us that a man shouldn't hit a woman, and that a boy shouldn't hit a girl. But what happens if the tables are turned and...

Moving Forwards on Domestic Violence: A New Focus on Children

Gerri McAndrew | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gerri McAndrew

The 'safety net' that has been a feature of our welfare system since the 1940s is being quietly dismantled with virtually no public debate because many of those that need this safety net most - like women affected by domestic violence - are almost entirely absent from any discussion in the media

Does This Woman Look Like A Domestic Violence Victim To You?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle

On the surface this newlywed couple look blissfully happy, but sadly reality tells a different story - one of domestic violence and abuse. Behind t...

This Google Glass Video Brings Home The Shocking Truth Of Domestic Violence

The Huffington Post UK | Rachael Getzels | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle

It started off like any other morning; a stretch, a yawn, a coffee with a friend - but the day ends with something shocking. This video takes us th...

Judge Apologises For Saying Muslims Beat Their Wives

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK

An Irish judge who said he believed "Muslims feel they can actually beat their wives", has retracted his comments and apologised after widespread ange...

Police Report Slams Response to Domestic Violence But Still Ignore Dead Women

Karen Ingala Smith | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Politics
Karen Ingala Smith

The HMIC report blasts the police but even this report is ignoring 38 dead women and the role that the government and other state organisations have to play in ending male violence against women.

Enough Action Plans and Statements of Intent on Domestic Violence - It Is Time to Do Something

Helen Jones | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Politics
Helen Jones

We know that domestic violence is one of the major threats to women's health and well-being. Women between 15-44 are more at risk from domestic violence than they are from cancer. Two women a week are killed by a partner or ex-partner. Yet while reports of domestic violence have risen under this government, 13% fewer cases are being passed by the police to the Crown Prosecution Service for decisions on charging.

Laid Bare, How Thousands Of Domestic Violence Victims Are 'Let Down' By Police

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK

Thousands of domestic violence victims are being failed by police forces across England and Wales due to "alarming and unacceptable weaknesses" in the...

Violence Against Women: A UK Problem

Rosie Tallant | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rosie Tallant

In terms of domestic abuse, 31% of women have experienced one or more incidents since the age of 16. It is worth bearing in mind that sexual violence and domestic abuse are vastly underreported, so even though the UK is on par with the rest of the world statistically, in reality these numbers are likely to be much higher.