Wanted: West Midlands musicians

West Midlands musicians wanted to help with a Birmingham city centre event.  Serious request….no time wasters.  We are looking for musicians (any genre) who would be willing to donate 20 minutes of their time to take part in an all day event in Birmingham city centre, at the moment it looks like it may be…

Give a little something special this Christmas

Well Christmas is almost upon us and for a lot of families and people Christmas is a time to celebrate, have fun and share with family and friends. However there are those out there for which Christmas does not create those festive feelings for.  Victims of domestic violence (DV) can find that their abusers increase…

The Five Stages Model of Domestic Abuse

Introduction It has been estimated that women will spend an average of seven years in abusive relationships and will have taken at least 35 severe beatings before they ask for help with their situation. The 5 stage model, which has been developed from observations made by Warwickshire Domestic Violence Support Services over 10 years of…

Patterns of abuse

The 8 patterns of abuse These patterns of abuse are those defined by Amnesty International as torture. During this information the perpetrator will be referred to as him/he and the victim will be referred to as her/she.  We do acknowledge that domestic abuse can happen to men and not just women. Isolation The perpetrator will…

Definitions of domestic violence

What is domestic violence or abuse? The answer to this depends on who you ask for their definition.  Society, media and a lack of knowledge tends to lead some people to believe that domestic violence only happens if the victim is beaten to a pulp.  It can give people the belief that couples argue and…