Love Shouldn’t Hurt

Words by Emily Nardini

March 6th 2020, I went to a SWA (Swindon’s Women’s Aid) invite only event highlighting the town’s plans on how to raise awareness on Domestic Violence within our community/local businesses. In honour of International Women’s Month, UV needs to address the ongoing serious issue 1 in 4 women in the UK experience;

Domestic Violence Stats (Oct 2019)

  • 1.9 million adults aged 16 to 59 experienced domestic abuse in the last year
  • Two women are killed each week by a current or former partner
  • 62% of children exposed to domestic abuse are directly harmed
  • In a population of Swindon’s size (based on 2016-2017 figure from Swindon Borough Council), 7553 would experience domestic abuse

In recent news this year, Domestic Violence has come up for good and bad news. Bad news…

“The Centre For Women’s Justice (CWJ) has submitted a super-complaint claiming failures among police forces. They cite the cases of 19 women, including police officers, from 15 force areas who have been victims of abuse, violence, stalking and rape. It has been submitted to HM Chief Inspector of Constabularies…police abusers are being protected and not brought to justice because of their positions” – BBC News

Thankfully, BBC News has exposed the list of the 15 forces and hopefully we can see change for the future. As we can see with cases such as Harvey Weinstein, power is shifting. In better news…

1. Lie Detector Tests for Abuse Perpetrators

“DV offenders in England and Wales could face compulsory lie detector tests when released from prison under proposed new laws”

2. Free Train Rail Provided for DV Survivors

“Women fleeing an abusive relationship are to be given free train travel under a new scheme. Victims across the South of England, West Midlands and South Wales are the first to benefit from the ‘Rail to Refuge’ initiative”

UV believes that love shouldn’t hurt. When DV is in the news, good or bad, the awareness of DV is getting raised in our communities, work places and around the world. Women are more fourth coming with sharing their stories with DV and UV hopes if you have the courage to share your story, do it. Your life will be saved as well as others