Any effort to increase awareness of the dangers and forms of domestic abuse is a good thing in my mind, but Bristol Civil and Family Justice Centre went a step further by hosting an event to provide information to court staff and Personal Support Unit volunteers about domestic abuse.
The session started off with some statistics: 95% of people who contact Next Link and the police for help from domestic abuse are women. Two women every week are killed by a partner or former partner. 62% of children who live in a household where domestic abuse occurs will be directly physically harmed by the abuse. All children who live in a domestic abuse household will be emotionally harmed. The speakers explained that domestic abuse is not about anger, but about power and control. The type of abuse that occurs can be physical, emotional, psychological, sexual or financial. As well as violence and threats of violence examples were given of other types of abuse, such as: undermining the victim's parenting abilities; blaming; shaming; isolating the victim; controlling money; being cruel to pets; revenge porn; emotional blackmail; harassment; and stalking.