domestic abuse

The New Domestic Abuse Bill Fails to Protect Migrant Women

Speaking out about domestic abuse is an incredibly difficult thing for any woman to do and it takes a lot of courage. For migrant and BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) women in the UK, getting the right kind of support can be even more problematic and, according to the …

Why Do They Do That: What Exactly is Gaslighting?

Why Do They Do That is a series by Kitty Wenham that aims to shine a light on some of the most common tactics used by those who perpetrate abuse. In this article we will explore the popular term ‘Gaslighting’, and what it actually means. Content warning: This series will …

Why Do They Do That: Love-Bombing Victims into Submission

Why Do They Do That is a series by Kitty Wenham that aims to shine a light on some of the most common tactics used by those who perpetrate abuse. In this article we will explore the theory of love-bombing, popularised in 1995 by psychology professor Margaret Singer. Content warning: …

The Law is Failing Domestic Abuse Survivors

Trigger Warning: Domestic abuse, violence against women — It didn’t occur to me to go to the police when my boyfriend tore up my favourite dress in front of me. It didn’t occur to me to go to the police when he locked me in the house and confiscated my …

Why I’m Glad I Had Two Abortions

Trigger Warning: this article features discussion of abuse and abortion — I met my first serious boyfriend, Andrew*, just before my 20th birthday. Four months later we were engaged, about to move in together, and I was pregnant. I was also terrified. I had gone from single and living with …