Sixteen years ago, in 2002, I was the victim of a violent attack at the hands of my ex-husband. For the purposes of anonymity, let’s call him Tom. White Ribbon recently asked the journalists and bloggers on their supporter list to write about what the campaign means to them. For the first time, I find myself publicly sharing my story in the hope that it might inspire just one more person to speak up and save a life.
If Love Hurts has been developed to mark White Ribbon Day. Director Peter Giblin says,
The film explores the emotional aspect of domestic abuse and how that abuse takes place within a context of love. It takes on average up to eight abuses before a victim will feel able to speak out. Often, victims of domestic abuse love their abusers, as well as fear them. Frequently victims will not realise they are in an abusive relationship. This is why the message of the film says ‘If love hurts, it’s not love’.
As part of their upcoming accreditation, Rugby League club Wigan Warriors have developed a campaign against male violence towards women, supported by White Ribbon UK. This is an important moment for sport as the team are a Professional Super League Club and have a large fan base.
A new MA aimed at people wishing to increase their understanding of the interplay between mental distress, domestic violence and sexual abuse is being offered by Goldsmiths University. The programme is available as a distance learning programme, and includes innovative, interactive, experiential and reflective online teaching. Students will learn how to become reflective and inclusive…
Bradford Council hosted the HOPE Not Hate festival last week. Our CEO Anthea Sully was present at our stall, talking to festivalgoers about the importance of the campaign, particularly in music. Ikram Butt, project coordinator for the campaign, gave a rousing speech about audiences being active bystanders and awareness of the issue of violence against women at festivals.