Making a stand: Violence against Women @Rest0red

Violence against women is something that we shouldn’t be talking about in this day and age. However, today marks the start of 16 days of action which will make a stand against violence against women.

Restored UK are doing a campaign about it, and I think it’s important that we highlight it and draw attention to it.

Here are some UK statistics about violence against women:

  • Domestic violence accounts for between 16% and one quarter of all recorded violent crime. (Home Office, 2004; Dodd et al., 2004; BCS, 1998; Dobash and Dobash, 1980)
  • One incident is reported to the police every minute. (Stanko, 2000)
  • 45% women and 26% men had experienced at least one incident of inter-personal violence in their lifetimes. (Walby and Allen, 2004) ) – however when there were more than 4 incidents (i.e. ongoing domestic or sexual abuse) 89% of victims were women.
  • In any one year, there are 13 million separate incidents of physical violence or threats of violence against women from partners or former partners. (Walby and Allen, 2004)
  • Women are much more likely than men to be the victim of multiple incidents of abuse, and of sexual violence: 32% of women who had ever experienced domestic violence did so four or five (or more) times, compared with 11% of the (smaller number) of men who had ever experienced domestic violence; and women constituted 89% of all those who had experienced 4 or more incidents of domestic violence. (Walby and Allen, 2004)
  • Women are more likely than men to have experienced all types of intimate violence (partner abuse, family abuse, sexual assault and stalking) since the ages of 16. And nearly half the woman who had experienced intimate violence of any kind, were likely to have been victims of more than one kind of intimate abuse. (Coleman et al., 2007)
  • 54% of UK rapes are committed by a woman’s current or former partner. (Walby and Allen, 2004)
  • On average 2 women a week are killed by a male partner or former partner: this constitutes around one-third of all female homicide victims. (Povey, (ed.), 2004, 2005; Home Office, 1999; Department of Health, 2005.)

These stats are shocking. As Christians, we should definitely be standing up against this sort of injustice. If you want to find out more then you can look at the following links:

Restored

Another blog on 16 Days

Petition to Government: Violence Against Women

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Dean Roberts

Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre. Read More @ http://deanroberts.net/about

  • But from whence does it come?  The Bible has answers for this as well:

    http://www.philippianjailer.com/2011/06/curse-ii-and-he-will-rule-over-you.html

    This translation captures more closely the power struggle that sin prompts between men and women. It’s more than just dependency and subjugation, it is a struggle for control brought upon us by the curse of sin. The woman’s desire will be frustrated by the man’s physical strength, so she must resort to subtler manipulations to wrest control away. He then responds with his own sinful impulse to crush her resistance.