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2017 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence: Day 11

First, I’d like to appologise for my absense from my blog, I have some longterm health issues which get much worse when flu and cold season is upon us. I’m feeling improved, with a little way to go yet, but I have been desperate to get back to writing, so here I am, and it’s […]

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2017 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence: Day 10

Why doesn’t she leave? When a woman discloses she is in a relationship with someone who abuses her, the first thing she often hears is, ‘Why don’t you leave?’. On average it takes a woman seven attempts to leave, and because of the complexities of our emotions, our practical needs, and concerns about our children, […]

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2017 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence: Day 9 Reclaiming Yourself From Domestic Abuse by Kitty Nolan

One in three women worldwide experience Domestic Abuse at some point in their lives; I am one of them. There are many terms to describe what we experience: Gender Based Violence (GBV); Domestic Violence (DV); Wife Battering; Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG); I’ve opted to use the term Domestic Abuse because it covers many…

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2017 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence: Day 8 Healing Meditation (iiv)

When we are overcome by violence and humiliation, we become prisoners; prisoners of our abuser, and prisoners of a silent community. Domestic Abuse may be a shared experience among women, but we do not share our own experience of it until we find the motivation to leave. We may tell a sister or a friend […]

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2017 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence: Day 7

We generally think of pregnancy as a time of joy, and anticipation, but it is also a time when domestic abuse can begin, or worsen. It is a time when a woman is more vulnerable, aware of the new life she is responsible for. Sarah talks about her experience in my book WITNESS, and I […]

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2017 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence: Day 7

Abuse in intimate relationships is difficult to comprehend unless you have experienced it, or someone has told you about their experience in some detail. Before it happened to me I imagined it to be constant overt violence, and belittling behaviour; the reality was quite different. When we enter into a committed relationship, none of us […]

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2017 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence Day 6

When we think of domestic abuse a few behaviours come to mind: hitting, kicking and punching; belittling speech, looks, and actions, and controlling who a person can associate with, what a person do, what a person can wear. We rarely talk about sexual assault as part of this abusive pattern, perhaps because, until fairly recently, […]

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