Domestic Violence

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 28.03.2014 | 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 28.03.2014 | 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 12.03.2014 | 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.

Women Given 'Right To Know' Their Partner's History From Today

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK

A father whose daughter was murdered by an ex-boyfriend with a secret violent past says he is "absolutely delighted" women across the country have bee...

Five Things You Can Do to Make a Difference on International Women's Day

Cherie Blair | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Cherie Blair

There are a huge number of activities going on around the world to improve the situation for women, and there are places where men are working with women to achieve this. There's no doubt that this movement is gaining momentum and makes nonsense of the idea that men cannot see women as equals. It's an outdated way of thinking, and increasingly governments, businesses, communities and families are all coming to recognise the positive benefits to be had when women and men are working together and treating each other as equal partners. Of the numerous ways to change women's lives for the better, I've picked out five things that you can do to help make that change today:

My Pledge: 'I'm a Woman, Hear Me Roar'

Leyla Hussein | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK
Leyla Hussein

I have the privilege to share my thoughts whether it is out of anger, frustration or happiness. Although theoretically I've always known this is a privilege, I have only now understood how precious this freedom is. In my recent work, I met women and girls who cannot think freely, let alone speak out...

Our Attitude to Violence Against Women

Bob Morgan | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK
Bob Morgan

Perhaps there is a clue about attitudes to domestic violence and the killing of women in the recent Paddy Power advert offering money back on all bets if Oscar Pistorius - the South African athlete - walks free from court. There is no doubt that Oscar Pistorius shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, to death - the trial is about his motive for doing it.

Mindblowing 3D Art Depicting The 'My Body My Rights' Campaign

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Artist Hikaru Cho has created a stunning selection of pictures for Amnesty International with the title "My Body My Rights' ahead of International Wom...

Join the Million Women Rising Against Male Violence

Louise Pennington | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Pennington

The cost of domestic violence alone to the UK economy is £23 billion pounds a year with approximately 1 in 8 women experiencing domestic violence every year.

A Lack of Convictions

Phil Bowen | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK
Phil Bowen

It is time to focus on the quality of delivery, not issue new policy documents. The process to review and support practitioners working in these specialised courts, which used to be in place and was abandoned, needs to be revitalised. And in revitalising that, the courts themselves need to be re-energised and need to look at new developments in the evidence

Police Treat Domestic Abuse Victims With 'Apathy And Hostility'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK

Police failures over domestic abuse are "breathtaking" and victims are often met with "apathy, disbelief and outright hostility from officers", a char...

Why Do Women Stay in Abusive Relationships?

Maggie Currie | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maggie Currie

There are many, many reasons why women don't leave an abusive relationship. I believe that most of the reasons stem from fear. Most of the fears are understandable, but often irrational.

Domestic Violence Rate Up By 30% In Twelve Months, Figures Show

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Matthews | Posted 13.02.2014 | UK

The number of domestic violence crimes reported in the UK has increased almost 30% in the past 12 months, official figures have revealed. There wer...

Where Are the Women Who Will Raise Their Voices for Those Raped, Hit, and Attacked for Being Women?

Skin | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Entertainment

This Friday, I'll be taking to the stage in Trafalgar Square, and shouting from the top of my lungs that we do not have to be fed up, that we do not have to accept this. At midday I'll be joining One Billion Rising, a global campaign that has made it its mission to end violence against women, and rising up for justice for women here in the UK and far further afield. We will call for political change, from mandatory sex education in schools, action to ensure that women in immigration detention centres are safe from violence, and the repeal of visa laws that tie domestic workers to their employers and put them at serious risk of exploitation. We will dance and sing - and we will make ourselves heard.

Domestic Abuse Barbie Art Project Shows Realities Of Violence Against Women

SWNS | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Here's Barbie as you've never seen her before - as a model of domestic abuse. A student artist has painted black eyes, bruises and blood onto the p...

Beyonce Must Have Her Feminist Cake and Eat It Too

Ellie Slee | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ellie Slee

Beyonce: when you smile affectionately and sing along with that lyric, you are propagating a cycle of humiliation, of rape, of violence that is still horrifically real for women all over the world.

Why We Must Have Compulsory Sex Education for Our Boys and Girls

Diana Johnson | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Politics
Diana Johnson

The prevalence of violence against women and this latest research ought to shock us out of our complacency. We simply cannot go on shutting our eyes and hoping the problem will solve itself. As well as tackling violence when it occurs, we must seek to prevent it happening in the first place. Compulsory sex and relationship education in schools is key to this.

Simone de Beauvoir and Page 3: Why Banning the Degradation of Women Still Matters

Katy Gregory | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Katy Gregory

Why do we continue to reduce women to their physical image? Simone de Beauvoir once said "...modern woman is everywhere permitted to regard her body as capital for exploitation." Objectification is hurting women.

British Victim of Domestic Abuse Faces Prison in the UAE

Rori Donaghy | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Politics
Rori Donaghy

When Afsana Lachaux left her job as a senior civil servant four years ago in London it was as a newly wed to start afresh in Dubai, but she could never have imagined how that dream would swiftly turn into a nightmare. A victim of domestic abuse, Afsana took her baby and bravely left her partner three years ago, but has been trapped in Dubai ever since...

The Real 'Public Health Emergency' in the UK Is Domestic Violence, Not Divorce

Janey Stephenson | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Politics
Janey Stephenson

Fiona Bruce MP recently stated that the breakdown of marriage was a "public health emergency". She couldn't be further from the truth. The real public health emergency in the UK is domestic violence, from which two women die per week. MPs like Bruce should be supporting women for leaving abusive marriages, not judging them.

WATCH: Facebook 'Unfriending' Sees Boiling Water Thrown At Teenage Girl

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

A Facebook rift has turned to tragedy after a 15-year-od girl apparently had boiling water thrown in her face by a teenage boy for un-friending him on...