Domestic Violence.

An Abusive Relationship Can Creep Up on You

Susan Leigh | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Susan Leigh

Imagine you went on a first date with someone who was sarcastic, nasty, disparaging towards you. It's hard to believe that you would agree to a second date. Yet an abusive relationship can creep up on us and have us gradually accepting that behaviour, justifying it, perhaps even feeling that we are in some way responsible for it happening.

Violence Against Women Is Not a Private Matter, It Is a Global Public Health Problem of Epidemic Proportions

Dr. Claudia Garcia Moreno Esteva | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK
Dr. Claudia Garcia Moreno Esteva

The time has come for health systems to play their part in a multisectoral response to end violence against women that is consistent with their countries' commitments to the promotion of both public health and human rights.

A Day to Stand Up for Victims of LGBT* Domestic Violence and Abuse

Jo Harvey Barringer | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Harvey Barringer

10 December marks a historic day for LGBT* people, when thousands of gay couples across the UK are able to convert their civil partnerships into marriage. But as we celebrate this milestone in our history, perhaps it is also about time we speak out about the other, often hidden, side of LGBT* marriages and relationships.

What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls?

Emma Fulu | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK
Emma Fulu

Today, on International Human Rights Day, the DFID- flagship programme, What Works to Prevent Violence, is unveiling the recipients of its global research and innovation grants. Eighteen cutting-edge projects to prevent violence against women and girls have been sele

Panorama Shows 'Why She Doesn't Leave'

Polly Neate | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK
Polly Neate

There is a wall of ignorance standing between victims of domestic violence and the rest of us. The constant question "why doesn't she just leave him?" has such a simple answer: she fears she will be killed. The two women a week who are killed, on average, by a partner or former partner, bear silent witness to this.

Potty-Mouthed Princesses Are Back, And This Time They're Covered In Bruises

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The potty-mouthed princesses are back, and this time they're raising awareness about violence against women. The girls catapulted onto our radar la...

Domestic Violence: Breaking the Silence

Jenny Florence | Posted 27.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jenny Florence

One evening, I came home, house tidy, dinner on its way; by now my eldest daughter was at university. My twins were sitting at his computer in the small den just off the kitchen. The computer crashed, as can happen, and for the first time I saw another side of this man. He exploded into a torrent of pure aggression.

It's Not About 'Bullying Husbands', It's About Domestic Violence

Rhea Gargour | Posted 27.11.2014 | UK
Rhea Gargour

On Sunday, many news outlets were reporting that psychological abuse and coercive control were going to be criminalised. Some articles used sensational headlines to grab attention, leading to comments that complained of a "nanny state", arguing that such a law was unenforceable.

Which Ex-Partner Would End Up In Prison According to This New Law?

Sacha Wise | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK
Sacha Wise

Our voice often stays silent. Often, we try not to be heard stepping on eggshells constantly. This is an emotional abusive relationship, where we love to the point of brokenness and then want to scream out loud from the anguish that is usually turned on mute.

Survivor Stories: 'He Beat Me So Hard My Skin Split'

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Up to 7 in 10 women around the world will experience physical or sexual violence at some point in their lifetime. The International Day for the Eli...

It's Important to Focus Attention on Violence Against Women That Is Endemic

Polly Neate | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Polly Neate

After today, two women a week will still be killed in England and Wales, at the hands of a partner or former partner. The police will still receive one call every minute relating to a domestic violence incident. Three quarters of a million children will still witness domestic violence every year. This is not a counsel of despair. There is much we can do

Why We Need International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Around three million women in the UK experience some sort of violence. If that sounds like a routine statistic, let's name it so that it really hi...

We Must Create Cultures of Peace, Not Simply Stop Violence

Emma Fulu | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK
Emma Fulu

andhi said that, "There is no way to peace, peace is the way." And in our daily lives, be it at home, at work or at play, we can all make an effort to live in more positive and peaceful ways. That will contribute to a future free from violence.

Is Engaging Men and Boys the Magic Bullet for Ending Violence Against Women and Girls or a Step Backwards?

Emma Fulu | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK
Emma Fulu

I say ending violence against women and girls requires all of us - men and boys, women and girls, governments, communities and activists. I genuinely believe that we have a common goal. And I genuinely believe that we can work together in a way that does not reassert male power over women, that keeps women and girls at the centre, and focuses on transforming gender inequality rather than just adding men and boys.

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 24.11.2014 | 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...

Domestic Violence Services Are the Measure Against Which We Read Parties' Attitudes to Women

Polly Neate | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Politics
Polly Neate

Domestic violence has long been a hidden issue, not central to political debate, muddled by misplaced shame and a response by the media and even frontline services which far too often disbelieves and blames the victim. The public are now realising we can't go on tolerating a situation in which an average of two women a week are killed by their current or former partner.

Topshop Fetishises Domestic Violence With Their New Jewellery Collection

Ending Victimisation and Blame | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ending Victimisation and Blame

The jewellery consists of gold and silver plated pendants and earrings in the shape of a woman in a foetal position, with her head in her hands. Azagury-Partridge, in an interview with the Independent, has suggested that this image is meant to represent "female empowerment". The image of a woman in a foetal position is anything but empowerment.

This Isn't Just About Ched Evans: It's About a Culture of Misogyny in Football

Louise Pennington | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK
Louise Pennington

This isn't just about asking Sheffield United to take a stand on violence against women and girls. This is about demanding that every single football club stand up for victims of sexual violence and refuse to work with players who commit rape and condemn those who harass, abuse and stalk a victim of sexual violence.

Let's Break Down The #WallOfSilence Around Domestic Violence

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Hot on the heels of charity campaigns such as #NoMakeUpSelfie and #IceBucketChallenge, comes the latest hashtag to harness social media for the greate...

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.

Woman Calls Police With Fake 'Pizza Order' As Secret Cry For Help

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A domestic violence victim called 911 with a fake pizza order in a desperate cry for help while her drunk, violent boyfriend was still in the room, ac...

Woman Saved From Domestic Abuse Attack By Ordering Pizza

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.10.2014 | UK

A victim of a domestic abuse attack managed to covertly alert the police to her appalling predicament by pretending to order a pizza. The unidentif...