domestic abuse

Breaking up is hard to do

In the week of the year which sees a boost in business for divorce lawyers, D H Kelly discusses our cultural reluctance to accept that some relationships must come to an end...

Getting control back

New legislation criminalising coercive control is a positive step forward, writes Megan Stodel, as it strengthens and clarifies the definition of domestic abuse...

Broken Rainbow Helpline loses funding

The Broken Rainbow Helpline which provides support for LGBT victims of domestic abuse has lost its government funding and may be forced to close. D H Kelly explores why lesbian, bisexual and trans* women who are abused might struggle to get support ...

Why does disability make people more vulnerable to domestic abuse?

Before I came to terms with my own experience of domestic violence, I might have imagined that vulnerability to abuse would be about being attracted to a certain "type", being a little self-destructive,submissive or gullible. If I knew that disabled people were twice as vulnerable to abuse, I might have imagined that this was because disability throws up a load of stressful situations and - as I could testify - people like me were hard to live with. In fact, how vulnerable you are might be better understood as the number of excuses an abuser could find to mistreat and control you. ...