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Obsessive Love this Valentine’s Day

For women who have lived through domestic abuse, Valentine’s Day can trigger difficult emotions. Survivors of abuse may feel more than just alone.  The day can bring feelings of resentment, anger, and sadness. C... Read more

Actions for Happiness

Success tends to be determined in economic terms - what we possess, what we earn, the material stuff we have in our lives. Perhaps we’ve got it all wrong. Shouldn’t the currency of success be the happiness we f... Read more

Supporting victims of honour-based abuse and forced marriage

Karma Nirvana is an award-winning National charity supporting victims of honour-based abuse and forced marriage. Honour crimes are not determined by age, faith, gender or sexuality, and Karma Nirvana support and work wit... Read more

Men who endure abuse

Talking about abuse and domestic violence can be a difficult task for anyone. It can be painful, confusing and make you feel ashamed, inadequate and isolated. And it can be incredibly challenging when you are a man be... Read more

LGBT+ and domestic abuse

Galop has provided advice, support, research and lobbying around the issues of LGBT+ policing for over 30 years. They support all LGBT+ people who've experienced hate crime, domestic abuse or sexual violence. LGBT+ ex... Read more

Getting your company to understand why domestic abuse affects business

Domestic abuse not only impacts on the wellbeing of the person being abused, it affects co-workers and the financial strength and success of the companies for which they work too. One in three women will experience ... Read more

What does financial abuse look like?

“Wealth means power: the power to subdue, to crush, to exploit, the power to enslave, to outrage, to degrade”. – Emma Goldman What is financial abuse? Financial abuse involves controlling a person’s ability ... Read more

How to spot a perpetrator

With one in four women suffering domestic abuse at some point in their lives, many of these being repeat survivors, it can be helpful to be aware of the patterns of behaviour we need to be wary of. Domestic abuse has ... Read more

What is a bystander and how can you help someone suffering abuse?

One of our Outreach Officer, Sandra, goes through what coercive control is and how you can spot it - whether it may be happening to you or someone you know. It could be friend, family member or even a colleague. Domes... Read more

Coercive behaviour and how to escape it

Coercive control can be defined as an act or pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish or frighten. Coercive and controlling behaviour has been a criminal offence in thi... Read more

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