• Domestic Violence restrictions enforced by authorities.

    August 10, 2013

    Domestic Violence, Media

    Tina Royles domestic violence expert looks at Domestic Violence restrictions enforced by authorities.

    I’ve just read this article in The Guardian:

    It states that authorities are seeking to protect resources by arguing for the narrowest definition of what domestic violence actually is.

    How sad that in this day and age organisations that have a statutory obligation to protect victims of domestic violence are seeking or trying to put in restrictions or limitations in place in order to hold onto their resources.

    No this isn’t a council looking at how effectively it runs in order to manage it’s finances, it is a council in which the enclosed article states:
    “Whose own leaflets explained helpfully to women how “subtle” and damaging domestic violence can be, has fought all the way to the highest court in the land, to argue that the duty to rehouse a woman who is afraid of her husband should only kick in if she is imminently facing a black eye.”

    Seriously, if services and organisations put such messages out then sadly we will be moving rapidly back into the dark ages (well probably only 5 – 30 years ago) when victims will feel they don’t fit into a rigid criteria and therefore stop seeking help when they will be the ones most likely to need it most.

    What message is the council sending out when victims will have to prove they are a victim as opposed to being in fear. Being in fear of such violence and abuse often for some has similar emotional and psychological impact as the actual incident.
    Most if not all perpetrators are manipulative and controlling and some are savvy enough to ensure no proof or evidence is available, some will not think about the consequences so much and will lash out leaving what the council states will meet their criteria i.e ‘a black eye’

    So has it got to a point where money comes before helping a large section of our community who face the threat of or the actual act of domestic violence and abuse on a daily basis then (Okay so my mind is playing tricks on me – we actually reached that point where for some money was more important years ago), we appear to be moving backwards as opposed to moving forwards in a positive way.

    Through my website and private practice I provide information, resources and advice regarding domestic violence and abuse. I am a domestic violence expert and my aim with my website is to provide the materials and tools to manage relationship difficulties and domestic violence through awareness and education in order to enhance overall health and wellbeing. I also run counselling sessions so please get in touch to find out more.

    About Tina Royles

    Connet with me: Google+ Tina Royles is the UKs leading expert in domestic violence offering Domestic Violence Counselling, Relationship Counselling and Anger as well as Stress Management Counselling. She is one of the UK’s most qualified and experienced domestic violence experts providing consultancy and advice to those who have suffered domestic violence, are currently in violent relationships or to friends and family of those affected. Tina provides the materials and tools to manage relationship difficulties and domestic violence through awareness and education and is regularly called upon by the national and local press to provide expert comments on high profile cases. Tina Royles

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