It's a sad fact that violent abuse is more often than not suffered behind the closed doors of the family home, indeed HALF of all women who die from homicide are killed by a current or former partner... This has got to stop, and yes, we do have the power to help our sisters through education and support.
Let's stop pretending that fatal male violence against women are isolated events; or that fatal male violence is somehow distinct from non-fatal male violence. If we truly want to eliminate male violence against women and children, then we need to start contextualising male violence within a culture that classes women as sub-human.
My extensive experience of being involved in unhealthy relationships has permitted me to explore domestic violence in great detail. I have analysed the dynamics of such relationships and the traits of the couples involved as well as the causes of this unbearable behaviour that can have tragic consequences.
When did we change the definition of 'good father" to include men who murder the mother of their children? When did it begin to include men who commit murder in front of their children? When did it begin to include men who are convicted of child sexual abuse? When did we extend the term "good" to fathers who have no contact with their children?
I was shocked to see the pictures of Nigella Lawson being throttled ('playfully' or not) by her husband Charles Saatchi. To see someone who has delighted us for years with her rejection of the model of the 'perfect woman' - daring to be voluptuous not skinny and powerful, yet a lover of cooking and entertaining, has been an inspiration to many.
New global projections launched today on the prevalence of violence against women should serve as a wake up call to the international community as well as national governments. Our report on 'global and regional estimates of violence against women: prevalence and health consequences', show that 35% of all women globally will experience intimate partner or non-partner violence.