Domestic Violence.

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 18.11.2014 | 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...

Men Aren't Victims: Just One of Feminism's Lies

Chris Good | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Good

As I received treatment on the street from an off-duty paramedic, who believed my shameful lies, my housemate returned home to find my girlfriend crying and blood all over the floor. He assumed I had hit her and left. She insisted he didn't phone the police, which he agreed to when he realised she had perpetrated the violence. Apparently, that didn't warrant the notification of our law enforcers.

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 | 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...

Young People Deserve Sex and Relationships Education

Polly Neate | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Politics
Polly Neate

Intimate partner violence is terrifyingly common among young people, and in society as a whole, with an average of two women a week killed by a partner or former partner in England and Wales. Yet it is denied, and victims are blamed and suffer an average of 35 violent incidents before seeking help. We are facing a tide of denial, ignorance and acceptance of behaviour which is simply unacceptable... Let's help today's young people to be the first generation to say "enough's enough". We must have compulsory sex and relationships education in all schools, now.

Her Name Was Reeva Steenkamp

Kat Lister | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK
Kat Lister

His jail sentence, his crime, his life, his guilt. The language of the perpetrator is everywhere, yet the language of the victim is nowhere to be found. 439 words and Reeva isn't named once, referred to singularly at the beginning with poetic abandon: 'He killed his girlfriend.'What we have here is an insensitively-timed rumination on prison reform at the expense of a 'girlfriend' Simon Jenkins didn't even have the consideration to name. Spectacular timing in a year when it was revealed around 90% of all reports of domestic violence to police forces in England and Wales are taken no further.

It's Time the Law Changes - Domestic Abuse Is About Perpetrators Using Their Control, Not Losing Control

Laura Richards | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK
Laura Richards

The law needs to be modernised and if we are to challenge the behaviour of perpetrators appropriately, we need an offence that reflects the reality of domestic abuse in all its guises. By criminalising this form of abuse and having specialist legislation, similar to the stalking law introduced in 2012, it would send a message that abusive and coercively controlling behaviour within a relationship is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

We Need a Nuanced Discussion of Rape Culture

Ending Victimisation and Blame | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK
Ending Victimisation and Blame

We need to talk about why the woman raped isn't considered an important part of this news story. We need to talk about why a woman who was raped, forced to leave her home and change her name isn't considered worthy of the same consideration as her rapist... Why are we more concerned with Evans' career but not that of the woman who was raped?

Domestic Violence Support Isn't All About Refuges - But We Can't Do Without Them

Polly Neate | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK
Polly Neate

When a woman has experienced terror, control and violence at the hands of her intimate partner, her immediate need may be a safe physical location, a legal remedy to prevent contact, or security measures on her property. These things can save her life, but further responses are needed if the woman is to recover, rather than just be removed from immediate risk.

My Experience of Stalking: Why Adam Levine Is Creepy Not Hot

Hekate Papadaki | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Hekate Papadaki

A quick look at the comments under Adam Levine's 'Animals' video will leave you in no doubt about how 'sexy' the stalker look is perceived to be. In it, Levine is playing a butcher who doubles as a stalker, secretly following an unsuspecting customer's every move (Behati Prinsloo, played by his wife).

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 16.11.2014 | 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.

'I Feel Beautiful For The First Time In A Long Time'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK

A porn star who received horrific injuries she alleges were inflicted by her former boyfriend has revealed encouraging pictures illustrating her recov...

Stop Domestic Psychological Abuse Now

Sara Davison | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Davison

Victims will often protect their abusers in public for fear of any repercussions at home. They will act the loving couple so that nobody suspects and even to convince themselves that things are not as bad as they are. It is often only when the abuse has gone too far and there is no way back that the victim will confide in a close friend or family member.

These Parents Did Something Amazing To Their Kids' Ray Rice Jersey

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

After a video emerged of American football player Ray Rice physically attacking his then-fiancee (now wife) Janay in a lift in February, he was prompt...

The Benefit Cap Is Harming Victims of Domestic Violence

Anastasia Richardson | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Politics
Anastasia Richardson

The Benefit Cap limits the total benefits a family can receive to £500 per week. For a single person, the limit is £350. The benefit cap is putting some of the most vulnerable people in our society - women fleeing domestic violence with their children - at risk of serious harm.