Domestic Violence.

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...

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).