We do want everybody to enjoy a peaceful and happy Christmas period. Though the sad truth is that many won't be able to. A few years ago our friends at the Sara Charlton Foundation published the following video. The message is very clear- that abuse can still go on in some families at this time of year. We would like to thank everyone involved with our Champion networks and IDVA service. We could not operate in either without other individuals and agencies helping us physically, financially or even both.
Terry Crews is an American actor, comedian, artist, activist and a former American football player. He has starred in a number on US sitcoms and has also hosted the US version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and appearred in a number of films. Since 2013, he plays NYPD Sergeant Terry Jeffords in the sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Terry grew up with a very abusive father and the following video shows him speaking frankly about his experiences and how it shaped him as a man. This is his speech upon receiving the Voice of Courage award from Safe Horizon.
It is that time of year again — our annual survey of domestic abuse Champions across the Thames Valley, Havering and this year Torbay Champs too.
The survey invitations will be finding their way into your inboxes, whether you are trained as a Champion, partly trained or simply waiting for a convenient date. We need to know your views on what is happening in your local areas, so please find the time to respond — it will take about 15 mins.
Whilst wondering what to buy this Christmas, please consider teaming up with Give as you Live. You can purchase everything online as you normally would but shopping through their website, you pay no more but you earn a bonus for us too! Just click on the the image of Santa to register.
The following dance routine on France's X factor is extremely impactive and makes such a clear reference to intimate partner abuse or a Dakota calls in "Violence Conjugale" including the awful puppetry of coercive control. See what you think but we applaud Dakota and Nadia- they really have the X factor:
This is a message from two young men, Luke and his brother Ryan, who sadly live with the murders of their mother and sister. They were shot by their father Lance as they attended a sports centre together in 2016. The local Coroner said at the time, "It was a single barrel shotgun, so it was not a question of him just shooting his wife, he then had to unload it, put another cartridge in and shoot it again...In my view, this was a cold, calculated, scheming man who went out and deliberately murdered his wife and daughter".
To all of our Domestic Abuse Champions, both trained and waiting for training
The 2018 annual survey will soon be appearing in your inbox. Please take the time to go through it — it should take around 15 minutes of your time. This is so important for us to collate information and feed it through to those who fund our networks, your local strategists. They need to hear from their practitioners what is working well but also what isn't and you can tell them where improvements can be made. This is a unique opportunity for them to hear from you.