29th October 2018
Dr Katherine Pitt is a GP Registrar with a special interest in women’s health. Katherine is also a researcher in domestic violence and abuse at University of Bristol (Academic Clinical Fellow). She writes here about her professional experiences of how domestic abuse impacts upon mental health.
Working as a doctor in general practice, I had some insight into the mental health consequences of domestic violence and abuse (DVA). However, the time pressure in clinical practice limits what I hear and understand. Recently, by conducting research interviews with survivors of DVA, I gained a deeper insight. They described how corrosive DVA had been to their self-worth, confidence and mental health. Their experience of seeking psychological support was variable. Despite this, they embodied resilience, and a commitment to sharing their experience in the hope it might help others.
The MPSA (Metropolitan Police Sikh Association) have charged Sikh communities with treating girls like commodities, committing appalling crimes against them.
Some scholars accused Buddhism of being “relentlessly misogynistic” and blamed Jainism for justifying domestic violence.
Source and accreditations: Elaine Storkey, Scars Across Humanity, p.190
Women even within mainstream Islamic communities can be considered to ‘belong’ to their fathers until they are passed on to their husbands. The Qur’an also appears to place an obligation upon husbands to keep control over their wives, using force if necessary. Whilst some may choose not to interpret this Qur’anic guidance literally, others may do.
Within the Christian community, a recent survey conducted in Australia shows that the men most likely to abuse their wives are evangelical Christians who attend church sporadically. Advocates say the church is not just failing to sufficiently address domestic violence; it is both enabling and concealing it.
Source: ABC http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-18/domestic-violence-church-submit-to-husbands/8652028
Immediately halt dangerous planned changes to the way that women’s domestic abuse refuges are funded, as they could put women’s and children’s lives at risk.
Work with Women’s Aid and other partners to ensure that the national network of women’s refuges is given a model of funding that will protect services in the long term.
UK support to protect women and girls in some of the world’s poorest countries from practices such as FGM, child marriage and domestic and sexual violence.
MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Amid global efforts to crack down on sex harassment in the work place, India is reaching out to women in the private sector, urging them to report sex pests via an online portal previously restricted to government staff.
Following calls from individuals and organisations across the UK, we are pleased the government has announced today that it will be taking the final step to enable ratification of the Istanbul Convention.