UK Violence

How UNICEF Is Helping Rohingya Children Fleeing Violence

Mark Devlin | Posted 19.09.2017 | UK
Mark Devlin

It's hard to imagine how things have gotten so much worse for the Rohingya children in Cox's Bazar over the last few months. When I was there this su...

Gangs, Rape, Violence: The Girls We're Letting Down

Suzanne Virdee | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK
Suzanne Virdee

I sit down for coffee and a chat on a sunny terrace with a friend who's a senior youth worker, and she says. "We have a big problem with our 11-13 year old girls". She works on the edge of a big city, in charge of a large youth centre. Her young clients are often affiliated to gangs. She bans all gang talk, throwing of signs and bandanas that identify which gang they belong to. No weapons either. It's to create a safe oasis in their chaotic world. But she's worried it's girls that are suffering most.

The Refugee Crisis Is Still A Thing

Georgia Handley | Posted 05.09.2017 | UK
Georgia Handley

We cannot forget about the refugee crisis, we cannot forget about the violence in war torn countries and we cannot forget about the deaths of children.

Terrified Of Men

Jean Hatchet | Posted 25.08.2017 | UK
Jean Hatchet

Violence and abuse of women is committed in such numbers that it is, and should be seen as, terrorism. It is designed to create terror in women specifically and to stop them going about their daily lives in safety.

Hunger In South Sudan: Don't Let The Rainy Season Become The Dying Season

John Loreom | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK
John Loreom

I tell these mothers to just keep going. Dig for hours to find water underground. Walk for days to find nuts in the bush. Skip meal after meal to keep your children alive. Help is coming. And until then you just have to survive. That's what I tell myself every day when I miss my family painfully and get up, get ready for work, and just keep going.

PDA Is Not A 'Violent' Condition

Riko Ryuki | Posted 31.07.2017 | UK Parents
Riko Ryuki

It's important to remember that PDAers have little control over using avoidance, they cannot stop seeing a demand as something to avoid and they cannot control a panic attack/meltdown at all. PDA is a disability, with help a PDA person can learn to manage their avoidance and violence but they cannot completely remove the cause.

How Acid Attacks Impact Women And Girls Worldwide

Charlotte Clarke | Posted 16.07.2017 | UK
Charlotte Clarke

The situation is horrific but not without hope. Grassroots women's rights organisations are the key to tackling this. ActionAid has worked with them in the past to monitor the use and sale of acid, improve laws to make it harder for perpetrators to escape punishment and change the mindsets of people who see this form of violence as an easy way to settle disputes, for example.

Let's Get On With The Job

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

As the dust settles after the General Election, it is crucial that Government does "get on with the job" - and that must mean not only dealing with Brexit but also not ignoring pressing social issues at home. We can't afford to put on hold the reforms so desperately needed to transform women's lives.

The Fight Against Radicalisation Is Now An Online Battlefield

Claire Stead | Posted 30.05.2017 | UK Tech
Claire Stead

Young people - who are both most exposed to the online world and the most vulnerable - need to be protected and shielded better than anyone. This education, between what is right and just and true, begins at home and in the school.

What Lengths Would You Go To Keep Your Kids Safe Online?

Barbara Brenninkmeijer | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Parents
Barbara Brenninkmeijer

Parents and carers instinctively protect children in the real world, and keeping kids safe online is just as important, and with a little preparation and the right solution for you as a family, can become second nature too.

The Mayor Of Calais Has Banned Food Distribution To Refugees - A Response And A Plea For Harmony

Arthur Peirce | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

I feel the resolution to this refugee crisis, and all global crises is with kindness. There ultimately needs to be infrastructure to provide for the care of the refugees. Whether this is with the full support of major NGOs or the UN, or simply local communities welcoming refugees in with arms open.

The Language Martyrs: Celebrating International Mother Language Day

Thaslima Begum | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK
Thaslima Begum

February 21st 1952, Dhaka. The fallen bodies of students and teachers lie scattered amid a campus-turned-battlefield, as tear gas lingers in bloody ha...

My Personal Story Of Domestic Violence

Lauren Derrett | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lauren Derrett

Domestic Violence can happen to anyone, I know that now because it happened to me. We were living a middle classed life that from the outside was enviable. The whole time I was at war with the man I had invited in mine and my kids' lives.

Hurt People Hurt People: Lessons From Chicago's Violence Epidemic

Nicky Hill | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK
Nicky Hill

It was a snowy December evening in Chicago's Westside and I was wrapped up in layers with lovely warm heat blowing in my face as I sat in a big black ...

Violent Partners Cross Examining Their Victims In Court - The Final Blow?

Natasha Phillips | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK
Natasha Phillips

Plans to change the law are wonderful and welcome, but drafting and passing legislation takes time. The Family Court could help victims of abuse today just by ensuring that every Family Court and judge knows about Practice Direction 12J and uses it every time a vulnerable partner or parent risks being cross examined by an abuser.

The Power And Passion Of Girls Must Prevail

Anita Tiessen | Posted 31.12.2016 | UK Politics
Anita Tiessen

This year, we've put girls firmly in the spotlight. We've encouraged them to speak out on a global stage, share their stories with the world and be the change they want to see.

Owen Jones And Kate Tempest: Wake Up And Love More

Kate Wyver | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Wyver

"too concerned with their own thoughts to think about the weather But we see clouds like furious ink Thick liquid sinks and whips the wind Pitch shift...

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.