Domestic Violence: Behind Closed Doors
- 16 Sep
Last January, in her bedroom in Walthamstow, Karen Ingala Smith started making a list of victims of domestic violence.
She has counted 199 dead women since she started.
Her aim is to make people understand the things that are happening behind closed doors and collectively act.
25% of women experiene domestic violence in their lives and she wants the government to take over and officially collate the names and release them annually in order to use these cases to identify patterns in the crimes.
Smith stated her purpose:
"That we understand the power imbalance that leads to these murders, and that we reach out, in this cold September heat, and help other women stay alive."
For over 10 years, two women have been killed through domestic violence in England and Wales every week, and she wanted to name them.
She collated her findings:
- In the first three days of January 2012, seven women were murdered by men.
- Three were shot;
- Two were strangled;
- One was stabbed and
- One was killed through 15 blunt-force trauma injuries.
Some made it into the national media, but most were barely reported, stuck on local news sites between cat videos and a story about a library.
"I just started counting," Karen says, "and once I'd started, I couldn't stop."
The Guardian reported that:
"Last month, 12 women were killed through suspected male violence in the UK."
- Mayurathy Perinpamoorihy's age hasn't been published;
- Danielle Roberts was 21;
- Anu Kapoor was 27;
- Caroline Parry was 46;
- Judith Maude was 57;
- Gail Lucas was 51;
- Orina Morawiec was 21;
- Julie Connaughton was 57;
- Sabrina Moss 24;
- Jane Wiggett was 57;
- Betty Gallagher was 87 and
- Merissa McColm was 31.
After Merissa's body was found, her boyfriend was arrested on suspicion of murder and released on bail until the end of November.
Men hurt women in order to exercise power over them. Cases of women being beaten, raped and killed by men are consequences of inequality.
- 08 Sep
People in Leeds call to tackle domestic violence
Leaders from private, public and third sectors gathered for the Voice of Leeds Summit and discussed what they could do to tackle domestic violence, reports the Yorkshire Evening Post.Over the past...
- 04 Sep
Plans to tackle domestic violence in Bury
Research by Bury Council’s domestic violence and abuse steering group has found that there was an average of ten incidents a day in the past year from April 2015, reports the Bury Times.Town hall...
- 28 Aug
Domestic violence levels in Northern Ireland at highest
Police have said that the number of reports of domestic violence are continuing to rise, and from April 2014 to April 2015 there was a 5.6% increase, report U TV. Ulster University is set to release...
- 16 Jul
Welfare reforms could make it harder for domestic violence victims to leave their homes
Service director for Newcastle Women’s Aid Elaine Langshawe has said that welfare reforms are making it harder for domestic violence victims to leave their partners, reports the Chronicle Live.Ms...
- 15 Jul
Support for domestic violence survivors provided by local charities
A contract worth £1.2m a year has been obtained by Women’s Aid Integrated Services, Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid and Equation, reports Impact Nottingham. This contract uses funds from...
- 13 Jul
New fund to support victims of domestic violence
The fund will be open to proposals from local partnerships that show how the needs of victims are able to be met in innovative ways, reports 24dash. It has also been revealed that there will be a...
- 03 Jul
Domestic violence campaign launched in Sandwell
Run by charity Fry Housing Trust, Sandwell Council and Sandwell’s Domestic Abuse Strategic Partnership, the ‘Brighter Futures’ scheme will be running over the next two years, reports ITV...
- 24 Jun
Wolverhampton police see thousands of domestic violence reports
It has been reported that an average of sixteen incidents of domestic violence were recorded each day in Wolverhampton over the last year, reports the Express and Star.Of the 5,900 incidents reported...
- 15 Jun
UK’s approach to domestic violence called ‘incoherent’
A leaked copy of an official report by the UN special rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, has called for an urgent inquiry into Yarl’s Wood and a focus on repeated allegations...
- 10 Jun
Domestic violence to be highlighted in new film by students and police in Sunderland
The first year media students and third year drama students at the University of Sunderland have created four short films that cover financial, emotional, physical and sexual forms of domestic abuse,...
Support Solutions 5th National Housing Support & Social Care Conference 2014 Good organisation from beginning to end. Excellent keynote speaker. Relevant and important topics for discussion which were to everyone's advantage within the supported housing sector. B.H - Stevenage Haven