UK Violence

The Trauma Of Community Violence

Nicky Hill | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Politics
Nicky Hill

It was just an average Thursday evening; I had been rushing between meetings and wasn't long home, I was kicking off my shoes and chatting to a friend on the phone, laughing about an ongoing joke.

Bullying Is Not 'Just Banter'

Daniel Singleton | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK
Daniel Singleton

Is there a lesson for us here? I'm not sure, but bullying exists because we allow it: we get the society we are prepared to put up with. We have to decide we won't excuse bullying in our classrooms, staff rooms, workplaces and most of all in ourselves.

Building Modern Men: Sorry Guys But The Fists Have Got To Go

Jamie Beck | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Sport
Jamie Beck

The old saying goes "rugby is a game played by thugs, watched by gentlemen whereas football is a game played by gentlemen and watched by thugs". This is a terrible generalization but it is the notion of "thug" that underpins this blog.

How Do You Prove Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

Whitney Iles | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK
Whitney Iles

A. You don't. Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (AHDH) is nothing more than a professional opinion, it is not a fact. Even in the "Diagnostic...

Fighting For Peace: The London Boxing Club Working To Keep Youths Out Of Gangs

The Huffington Post | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 22.10.2016 | UK

Teaching young people to fight in order to keep them out of gang violence might seem rather contradictory, but, bear with us. Fight For Peace, an inte...

Our Prisons Are Houses Of Human Misery

Andrew Neilson | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK
Andrew Neilson

We are glibly throwing ever more people into this river of violence, of drugs, of boredom and mental distress, and somehow magically thinking that this will make them better people. It does not.

Mum Shares How She Stopped Her Sons' Violent Attacks

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Parents

An adoptive mother who was repeatedly attacked by her sons has told how she learned to de-escalate their anger so violent incidents are now ‘very ra...

Give Girls A Voice And Let Them Change Their World

Anita Tiessen | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK
Anita Tiessen

In 1909, a group of young women marched on a rally in Crystal Palace, London, calling to be part of the newly formed Scout movement. These girls were bold; their actions transformative. Anything boys could do, girls could do too - and these girls believed they could do anything.

Jeremy Vine Pens Powerful Letter To Bullied Essex Teen After Seeing Shocking Attack Video

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK

Jeremy Vine has penned a heartfelt letter to the 15-year-old boy in Essex who was “savagely” attacked by bullies in a park, after video of the dis...

Animal Sacrifice: Celebrating Mercy With An Act Of Violence

Teuta Turani | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK
Teuta Turani

Only when we understand the mere symbolic function that ritual sacrifice has nowadays, will we be able to eradicate the need for it and perhaps further succeed in the attempts of a universal understanding and denouncement of animal cruelty that is not necessarily culturally relative.

Why Social Media Is Fueling The All-Time High In Cases Of Violence Against Women

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK

Prosecutions for violence against women and girls have reached a record high, as a senior prosecutor says social media is increasingly being used to ...

By Banning The Burkini, The French Are Blaming Muslims

Dr Chris Allen | Posted 16.08.2016 | UK
Dr Chris Allen

At worst, the ban is another example of French institutional Islamophobia. At best, it would seem to be a smokescreen behind which the real reason Corsica is "sitting on a powder-keg" of tensions and violence. And that powder keg would seem to be rather more about Corsican nationalists than Muslims or those of North African origin.

True Islam Is the Solution to Religious Disharmony, not the Cause

Damir Rafi | Posted 04.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Damir Rafi

As a society, we have every right to feel afraid as terrorist attacks creep ever nearer to our own lives. However we must not let that fear turn either to hatred or apathy towards the unjustified victimisation of innocent Muslims.

More Than a Roof: Women's Shelters Changing Lives

Lee Webster | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK
Lee Webster

The UK government has in recent years done much good work on violence against women and girls in their development programmes and funding and this has frankly saved women's lives. But now more than ever, we must keep up the momentum and commit to more core, flexible and long-term funding for women's rights organisations.

Reflections From Across the Atlantic - What Can We Learn From What Is Happening in the US?

Shane Ryan | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK
Shane Ryan

Watching the situation which has come to a crescendo in the States hurts deeply. As a young man of colour, I looked to America to find the sense of id...

I Was a Victim of Hate Crime for Five Years - But I Didn't Realise It at the Time

Bartek Rzepka | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK
Bartek Rzepka

Figures this week showed that the number of prosecutions for hate crimes against disabled people has risen by more than 40% over the last year. I have a learning disability, and I live in supported housing run by Mencap. When staff there told me about the rise in hate crime, I was shocked but not surprised.

Prostitution: Changing the Law Is Vital But Not Enough

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Politics
Katharine Sacks Jones

Women involved in prostitution cannot wait for support until after a final report is published. The Government must take urgent action now to ensure women involved in prostitution have the support they need. Otherwise, more women will lose their lives or experience even more awful and unnecessary suffering.

Building Indonesia for and With Children: The Importance of Prohibiting Corporal Punishment

Citta Widagdo | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Citta Widagdo

In the past week, social media in Indonesia has been buzzing with news of a student who filed a criminal lawsuit against his teacher for pinching him....

Have Women Truly Transformed the Comic Industry??

Dragana Brown | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Dragana Brown

Recently I came across a video on the Rise of the Female Superhero. It was rather disturbing to observe how delusional we women can be in that we th...

This Eid We Are Determined to Celebrate Togetherness

Qari Asim | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK
Qari Asim

Eid marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Celebrated by Muslims in the UK and around the world, it is a time when families and friends come t...

Raising Children in a Violent World

Emma Critchley | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Parents
Emma Critchley

I have to continue to protect but I also need to be prepared to answer those difficult questions. As parents we can't be scared and we have to forget about the dark clouds on our horizon. We need to ensure that we are bringing up our children to feel safe. We need to continue to find joy in the everyday.

A Step Back

Max Sanderson | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK
Max Sanderson

The individual and the 'clan' is all we humans have - take the latter away and you can't be surprised when people act according to their own rules. Now is a time to pull together. Now is a time to listen. And now is a time to try and mediate our differences. Because if we don't - the evolutionary ties that bind us all will fall away, leaving behind only segregation, hatred, and violence.

Grow Up America: An Open Letter

Lisa Downs | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lisa Downs

Over the weekend we experienced yet another series of fatal and un-necessary shootings in the USA, and it shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone, and yet it always does. This weekend we were also blessed with the "Largest Mass Shooting Ever in US History". No surprises there. Why? Because America, you will not give up your guns.

Kicking and Screaming England

Paul Beaumont | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Sport
Paul Beaumont

We face the prospect of England doing well enough on the pitch to progress in the tournament, but badly enough off the pitch to be sent home early. That would be a pity, not just for the team itself, but for the country as a whole.

Three in Four Women Experience Harassment and Violence in Their City

Sarah Carson | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK
Sarah Carson

On International Safe Cities for Women Day, ActionAid is calling on the UK government to fund the life changing work of women's rights organisations in developing countries, so that no woman or girl has to live in fear of violence in her city.