#TOTW from 31-03-16 ‘Domestic abuse/#CoercionandControl’

Evenin’ all!

This week I wanted to shed the spotlight once again on the topic of domestic violence, and so my #TOTW is:

Could this storyline help those suffering ?

I’m not an avid listener of The Archers, yet am aware that they are currently tackling the very serious issue of domestic violence, domestic abuse or coercion and control – just a few of the many terms used. Domestic abuse is not just about physical violence against a partner. It can also come in the form of sexual, psychological (verbal/emotional), financial or even religious/spiritual abuse. I knew next to nothing about the subject, other what i’ve seen on the news/read in the papers, until I had the opportunity last year to attend a one-day course on the subject through my work as a radiographer. I felt that having seen the result of such physical abuse in the course of my job, it would be good if I knew at least a little about how it comes about.

Do you know anything about domestic abuse, how it happens, or how it is that people stay with their abusive partners for so long? Would you know how to help a friend if they came to you and said they were a victim of domestic abuse? As I found out from just a one-day course, it doesn’t take much to equip yourself with some basic knowledge. It’s interesting, albeit upsetting, and who knows, even if you don’t need the knowledge personally in some way, you may be able to pass on some information that may be able to help someone find their way out of an abusive relationship.

As I said to a friend of mine just earlier today, it’s all about sharing and learning.

Stay safe and be happy folks…



#TOTW from 15-12-15 ‘Coercive and controlling behaviour’


How are we all?  This week I would like to give some more airtime to a topic that until recently I knew next to nothing about, and even now I’ve only scratched the surface. I’m talking about domestic violence and the introduction earlier this year of the new offence of ‘coercive and controlling behaviour,’ and so my #TOTW (x2) are:

(1/2) Introduced as part of the , the new offence of tackles


(2/2) Video piece showing how Police are tackling

This week also saw the documentary  ‘Love you to death: a year of domestic violence’ aired on BBC2:


I recently attended some basic training on how to look for signs of domestic violence and how to help people who have suffered from it. If you already know something about it and are aware of the kinds of things that can happen, then maybe you don’t need to look at these links. However, if you would like to find out more about this very real problem in our society then please take some time to click on the links above and maybe you’ll learn something that may help you, either help yourself or to be there for a friend or a patient. However or whoever you can help, it’s  a topic that is very worthy of some time to #GoLearn.

As this will be the last #TOTW before Christmas, may I take this opportunity to wish all of those who celebrate it a very happy Christmas!

Ben 🙂