Changing our country’s course away from the housing crisis will require a huge effort. Social homes must be at the heart of the change
No civilised society should accept so many people living, and in some cases dying, on the street
14/08/2018 07:56 BST
So many Grenfell residents still have no permanent home a year later - it's impossible to ignore the black hole at the heart of our system
14/06/2018 08:12 BST
Government will pay for unsafe cladding to be stripped off tower blocks, and the Prime Minister deserves credit for doing the right thing
17/05/2018 09:26 BST
The sheer breadth and depth of the housing crisis means the urgency and importance of the job has never been higher
01/05/2018 09:25 BST
We hope Rosie’s story is enough for landlords and letting agents to get rid of ‘no DSS’ blanket bans
05/03/2018 10:52 GMT
The Government Says It's Committed To Halving Rough Sleeping - This Week's Numbers Tell A Different Story
There has been a shocking 169% increase since 2010
26/01/2018 16:23 GMT
Children’s health suffers, behaviour problems emerge almost immediately, and untold stress and anxiety is inevitable
21/12/2017 16:41 GMT
The government deserves credit for changing its course. It's good news that it is now acting to ease the misery of at least some private renters. If delivered, the new social homes promised will benefit some of the very people Shelter exists to help - those facing bad housing and homelessness.
06/10/2017 16:44 BST
New arrival Theo had been trying to get the attention of Tyla, currently 'coupled up' with Jonny, and Jonny wasn't happy. But when Jonny said that Theo would have to prise Tyla from "his cold, dead hands", it was not romantic. It did not demonstrate just how much he liked her and it certainly wasn't funny. It was possessive and controlling. For a survivor of domestic abuse watching, it would have been a chilling moment.
11/07/2017 11:37 BST
For too long women and children have been left facing a postcode lottery of services and a justice system that does not understand their experiences, keep them safe or deal with their abusers effectively. It is imperative that this country's response to domestic abuse does not simply stay focused on managing risk as it has done previously, but places the survivor at the centre; working with her needs and strengths to build long term safety and independence for her and her children.
21/06/2017 12:49 BST
Two women a week killed by their partner or ex-partner in England and Wales is not a number to be argued with. Domestic abuse is not an issue that can take a back seat while Brexit deals are negotiated. It is a reality that makes the current picture suddenly look so bleak, as the Conservatives look to form a minority government with the Democratic Unionist Party.
13/06/2017 11:01 BST
How many more women must die before we learn the lessons? Dhillon made a choice to kill Alice. Two women a week, on average, are killed by a current or former intimate partner in England and Wales. It's not a crime of passion. It's not a fatal attraction, or a man driven mad by love, or a woman who secretly or subconsciously wants to be harmed. Men kill women because they can. And they can, not because women let them - but because our society, our culture lets them.
27/04/2017 15:39 BST
As the Chief Executive of Women's Aid, the national domestic abuse charity, I all too often see the worst experiences of women 2017. The fact is, that women are abused because they are women: because we as women are not equal. Abuse feeds off our inequality - and abuse feeds our inequality too.
07/03/2017 17:27 GMT
Thousands of women in the UK, right now, are denied the basic human right of safety in their own homes. They are robbed of their autonomy. They and their children are thrown in harm's way, again and again, by systems that should protect them but instead let them down. This is happening because when sexism asserts itself, not enough people say no. And then women are robbed of the power to say no. Well, we have that power and we are using it. That's why I march.
18/01/2017 17:21 GMT
Victimhood is not a competition. There should be help for all who need it. But by cutting services for women, lives are put at risk. Of course men need support to recover from domestic abuse. But to deny that iceberg exists, to deny the roots of the still-rising tide of violence against women in misogyny and inequality, is to turn our backs on prevention.
14/11/2016 16:16 GMT
Helen Is Set To Face Rob In Family Courts - Here's How We're Campaigning For Real Helens With Child First
Life imitates art again. As Helen faces Rob in the family courts in <em>The Archers</em>, our Child First campaign, which is calling for radical change to the family court system in order to protect survivors of domestic abuse and their children, is going to Parliament.
14/09/2016 17:26 BST
As the trial of Helen Titchener begins, if her plight makes you afraid for real-life survivors of domestic abuse - so it should. And if it makes you think and hope that those real-life women have a way to escape, then you should be even more afraid. I'm here to tell you that their escape route is in danger of being shut down. As actors Louiza Patikas (Helen) and Timothy Watson (Rob) have portrayed so compellingly in <em>The Archers</em>, the level of control a domestic abuse perpetrator can exert over his victim, over time, is total. Yet, it is also often invisible to those around her, even those who care most - or even to herself.
05/09/2016 00:07 BST
In Family Courts, It Is Still Absolutely Routine for Domestic Abuse Survivors to Be Cross-Examined By Their Abusers
A Women's Aid survey of survivors of domestic abuse with experience of the family courts found that a quarter had faced direct questions from their abuser. This is happening day in and day out. Justice is not being served. Children are not being protected. With your support, aligned with that of our parliamentary champions, we can change it.
20/04/2016 12:00 BST
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