Domestic abuse in the news

This new campaign from our good friends at CWJ are asking for the UK Government to take strangulation seriously and create a criminal offence specifically to cover non fatal strangulation as they debate the DA Bill. We all know that any such "threat to life assault" is indeed a high risk indication of risk of serious harm. Though this should result in a consideration of a charge of ABH by CPS, such assaults can often be overlooked, minimised or even discarded. Having MPs advised to consider this as a serious issue is an important initiative. (Centre for Women's Justice)

CWJ is calling for a free-standing offence of non-fatal strangulation or asphyxiation.

We believe that this form of offending is currently significantly under-charged across the UK. Our view is strongly supported by the Domestic Abuse Commissioner, the Victim’s Commissioner and numerous domestic abuse charities from around England and Wales 

Don Hennessy is a well known name in research around domestic abuse. He described coercive control as a "toxic cocktail" which is fed to victims to reduce their confidence.He believes that victims of DA all have one thing in common, kindness. “They have to be the type of person willing to put another person’s needs before their own.” He says abusers groom their partners to meet their needs from the start of a relationship. They usually have a sense of entitlement, a lack of empathy and the ability to manipulate. (Irish Independent)

Don Hennessy, a relationship counsellor who has researched domestic violence for his book, How He Gets into Her Head: The Mind of the Male Intimate Abuser.

Through his research he has built up a chilling profile of the types of men who abuse their partners. His work focuses on men who abuse their female partners.

"The essential thing that we learned that there was a hidden process that was not available either to us or to the women. The men confirmed for us a number of things and what we learned was quite startling really," he told

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This article discusses a new national initiative to make it easier for victims of domestic abuse to open up by spreading awareness amongst new frontliners in lockdown such as supermarket and pharmacy staff. We do hope, however, that any covert part of this strategy can remain covert and not become common knowledge and alert perpetrators. (Sky News)

Victims of domestic abuse could be given a codeword to allow them to alert people such as shop workers that they are in danger.

Under new government plans, retail workers would be trained to identify the key words and would then be able to pass information onto relevant agencies such as law enforcement and victims' charities.

Dear Partners,

Last year SAFE! received funding from the Police Property Act to conduct a consultation looking into experiences and understanding of peer-on-peer abuse in the Thames Valley, which we are now publishing today. 

This joint statement from a number of agencies explains the guidance developed not just for family and friends worried about someone from the LGBT+ community possibly living with domestic abuse in lockdown but also for professionals too. (Galop Website)

Over the last month professionals and activists, agencies, policymakers, and government have faced an extraordinary set of circumstances in light of the COVOID-19 pandemic, including in relation to domestic violence and abuse.  While work has been going on behind the scenes to ensure the delivery of services, the public face of much of the response has focused on reaching out to victims and survivors who find themselves isolated with an abusive partner to try and make sure t

This interesting article discusses why there has been an increase in domestic abuse during the coronavirus lockdown, and how services can better support both victims and perpetrators. (The Bristol Cable)

Two women are killed each week by a current or former partner. Since the lockdown, instances of domestic violence are on the increase nationally and Bristol is no exception. Local services are reporting an increase in demand and there are likely to be many more in need of help, but unable to reach out. Domestic violence services in Bristol, already overstretched and underfunded, are now having to fight to maintain life saving services. 

Researchers from Northumbria University and the Children’s Emotional Language and Thinking (CEL&T) organisation began working with Northumbria Police in 2018 to research what is often called Adolescence to Parent Violence or Aggression (APVA) or Childhood Challenging Violent or Aggressive Behaviour (CCVAB).

The study aimed to explore better ways to understand child to parent violence and highlight the need to formally recognise this within law enforcement and social services.

Barnardo’s recommends that in order to help prevent the cycle of abuse and better support children affected by domestic abuse, the Government should seek to strengthen the Domestic Abuse Bill so it directly addresses the impact of domestic abuse on children.

We believe the following three amendments should be made to the Bill.

As well as looking at the actual project, the fascinating research outlined in this article is packed with extremely informative links. Dr Amanda Holt is a criminologist and psychologist and has been researching and writing about the problem of adolescent family violence for the past 15 years. She has published extensively on the subject, including writing and editing the first two books in the UK on topic. (Violence Against Grandparents)

Adolescent family violence refers to violent, abusive and/or aggressive behaviour that is directed towards family members. There are a number of reasons why a young person may act in this way, and it is clear that we need to find out much more about the support needs of all family members who are experiencing this.