Domestic abuse in the news

The NSPCC has published the Childline annual review for 2017/18, which explores what children and young people are telling Childline during counselling sessions.

Key findings include: in 2017/18 Childline provided over 278,000 counselling sessions to children and young people; the top three concerns young people were counselled about were

  • mental and emotional health,
  • family relationships and
  • suicidal thoughts and feelings.
Our old friends at SafeLives have been busy in a number of ways- see the links below to access data and reports they have been compiling. (SafeLives Website)

Our Insights system provides the largest national dataset on domestic abuse in the UK. We gather data from services working with victims, survivors and their children, to build a national picture of the experiences of survivors, and the support they receive. 

As with any new case of Forced Marriage, there is a legal requirement for any professional working in Health, Education or Social Care to report the matter to police. The Home Office are now considering on extending this to Forced Marriage too. This article looks at the argument from forced marriage campaigners that many victims do not want to prosecute their families and contains a BBC video interview with a survivor who describes her marriage at 15 to a much older man in Bangladesh. Shahien Taj of the Cardiff-based Henna Foundation told BBC Wales Live more prevention work was needed to educate perpetrators, who are often the victims' parents. (BBC News website)

The Home Office is consulting on proposals that would legally require those who work closely with young people, such as teachers and social workers, to report suspected cases of forced marriage.

Ms Taj believes forced marriage protection orders are the preferred route — allowing young people to apply to the courts for protection, while keeping the family out of the criminal system.



We created an article only last month about a lack of communication between civil courts and police with Non Molestation Orders. Now, this new article looks at the very same issues around Female Genital Mutilation and Forced Marriage Protection Orders. The article also says, "Some children have been removed from the country in breach of protection orders before safeguarding measures can be enforced". (The Independent Online)

Girls and young women under threat of female genital mutilation and forced marriage are being put at unnecessary risk due to loopholes in the legal system that delay civil protection orders being shared with police, The Independent has learned.

Reforms to a “chaotic system” were introduced in the form of a pilot scheme in July after it was found investigations were being delayed and a number of girls were even removed from the country in breach of an order before safeguarding measures could be enforced.

The government’s draft bill on domestic abuse may for the first time include violence by children to parents and carers. Here a parent documents the abuse she lived with from her autistic son and asks what needs to change to help families in crisis. (Guardian Online)

Under my desk is an antique iron. It has been there since the day my mother hid it from my teenage son. That day, attempts to get him up had repeatedly failed. He was hungry but refused to eat, he became increasingly volatile until eventually he threatened to hurl the iron at my head.

I’d had enough objects thrown at me in the past to not take any chances. I ran out of the house and for the first time called the police. While I waited for them, my son punched through a window, the resulting cut narrowly missing his artery.

The news that the UK is to recruit a commissioner specifically looking at domestic abuse is very welcome. This is all included in the Domestic Abuse Bill and once it has passed through parliament, the role will then become a statutory one. (UK Paliament Website)

A Designate Domestic Abuse Commissioner is to be appointed to help the government transform its response to domestic abuse.

Today (Tuesday 4 December) the Home Office has announced it is launching recruitment for the new Commissioner, who will be charged with standing up for victims and survivors, providing public leadership on domestic abuse concerns and driving the response to issues.

Our good friends at Havering Women's Aid who train our DA Champions are promoting the Met's new DA campaign.The message concentrates on the the subtle, often hidden aspects of controlling aspects of DA. It urges those suffering an abusive relationship, to tell somebody; we thought we'd share this important message too. (Romford Recorder)

The Met Police have launched a video campaign to raise awareness of domestic abuse and encourage victims to seek help and support.

The campaign coincides with 16 days of focused activity around domestic abuse which commenced on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (Sunday, 25 November). The two short videos feature scenarios which illustrate typical behaviours of both victims and abusers in relation to physical abuse and coercive control; the latter often being overlooked as a form of domestic abuse.

We quite often cringe at some remarks made in the press around domestic abuse. This article examines the language and phrasing adopted by journalists and suggests a change. (The Pool Website)

Amazing. A spurned lover. Well respected.

These are all phrases used to describe men who have attacked or murdered their partners, when the descriptors “killer”, “murderer” or “abuser” would have been a more accurate descriptor.

The Thames Valley's Police & Crime Commissioner run service- Victims First want to hear about what they should include in their "relationship abuse" campaign. (Victims First Website)

We will soon be launching a campaign to raise awareness about relationship abuse.

Relationship abuse is not solely physical abuse but emotional and controlling abusive behaviours. We are running the campaign to help people understand and identify relationship abuse and direct them to support if they need it.

This shocking tale has all the classic hallmarks of DA. This poor woman tells the Daily Mirror, "I had a voice at the beginning. But the more he did to me the more my voice just went away". This just sums up the pressure that drives victims to become silent. (Daily Mirror Website)

Stacey Booth, 24, says she suffered a horrific campaign of abuse at the hands of Alexander Heavens, also 24, who she had been with for seven years

A woman controlled by her finance recorded his nightly psychological torment as evidence to her family in case she died at his hands.