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Domestic Violence and the Child Welfare System

Domestic violence is a devastating social problem that affects every segment of the population. But while the conversation is focused on harsher penalties for the perpetrator or help for the wounded, no one is talking about the hidden victims: children. Many children are victims and can also become victims as they are forced to leave their […]

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Why Valentine’s Day can be a terrifying occasion for victims of domestic abuse

It’s known as a day of love but there’s a dark side to Valentine’s Day, with a spike in domestic violence complaints common after February 14.  Women’s Legal Service (WLS) Queensland reported a 46 per cent spike in calls to the domestic violence helpline above the daily average in the two days following Valentine’s Day […]

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Joking About #FreeMelania Sheds A Painful Light On Domestic Abuse

If you spent time on Twitter or Instagram the past few weeks, you might have caught the #FreeMelania jokes swirling around on social media, which suggest that Melania Trump was so miserable at the inauguration, and possibly in her marriage, that we need to save her from the clutches of her husband. Of course, photos […]

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International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

2017 Theme: “Building a solid and interactive bridge between Africa and the world to accelerate ending FGM by 2030.” The International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation is an awareness campaign to end a harmful practice that violates girls’ and women’s rights. The UN first officially commemorated the International Day of Zero Tolerance […]

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Russia parliament votes 380-3 to decriminalize domestic violence

Russia’s parliament voted 380-3 on Friday to decriminalize domestic violence in cases where it does not cause “substantial bodily harm” and does not occur more than once a year.The bill stems from a Supreme Court ruling last summer to decriminalize battery that doesn’t inflict bodily harm, but to retain criminal charges for those accused of […]

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Media too quick to blame family violence on PTSD

When the news broke of a man who’d apparently killed his mother, daughter, wife, and then himself in Nova Scotia, the media focused heavily on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Ardath Whynacht is a sociologist at Mount Allison University who works with inmates at two federal prisons, some of whom have committed violence against their partners. She says the media […]

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Why It’s Dangerous To Claim Domestic Violence ‘Spikes’ Over The Holidays

It’s a claim boldly asserted in local news stories each year: Domestic violence spikes during the holiday season. On the surface, the concept sounds plausible enough ― for many people, holidays are associated with family tension, crowded homes and copious amounts of alcohol. It follows that violence might increase under such stressful circumstances. Yet, domestic violence […]

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DEBBONAIRE Moves To Have UK Parliament Ratify Istanbul Convention

THANGAM DEBBONAIRE forwarded a bill in Parliament to have the UK Parliament ratify the Istanbul Convention. Ratifying the convention will commit the UK to ensuring survivors of domestic violence can have access to specialist support services and refuges, monitoring data about gender-based violence and having age appropriate education at schools about domestic abuse. Click here […]

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Why people struggle to leave verbally abusive relationships

Why do so many people go back to verbally abusive relationships? Having an insecure attachment style owing to mistreatment or neglect in childhood can contribute to our tolerance for verbal or emotional abuse. But there are other factors that make people overlook the early-warning signs of verbal abuse and continue in an abusive relationship, even after they realize they’re […]

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The hidden epidemic of men who are raped by women

According to dominant stereotypes, men can’t be sexually assaulted by women. But according to a new, wide-ranging study, around two-thirds of men who report sexual victimization say their assailant was female.  UCLA law professor Lara Stemple is one of the people working with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to shed more light […]

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