Thank you Anon for this:
I was brought up in a household that suffered domestic violence and I still feel the psychological effects today and would love to help others to deal with past or present suffering. It feels like one of our society’s ultimate taboos, and those who are victims of it are given no obvious direction in which to look for help. On top of that very little is done by politicians or the media to dispel the guilt that makes sufferers struggle silently on, so often standing up to these problems feels more difficult than ‘grinning and baring’ it.
As with many things in our society public shame is a huge preventative, so bringing it to the public arena could be immensely powerful. It seems in this society we have to try and get the important points out there with the use of viral campaigns and independent use of the internet rather than rely on traditional media reporting the facts and traditional politics acting on them. As some one brought up in a household that suffered from domestic violence I understand only too much how the silence that falls upon it effects all of those involved.
The second rule of domestic fight club is you DO NOT TALK about domestic fight club.
The third rule of domestic fight club is we DO SOMETHING to get people talking about domestic violence.
In the UK an average of 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will be victims of domestic abuse in their lifetime. During an average fortnight in the UK, 4 women and 1 man are killed by abusive partners, and every week 9 more women kill themselves. Theresa May, Home Secretary, has pushed the debate about domestic violence further from the public eye and police intervention.
Nobody talks about domestic violence because nobody wants to confront the scale of the abuse.
If you would like to raise the profile of domestic violence then please come and take part in domestic fight club. There will be one planning meeting before we set the date for our action: a public intervention that will defy both the political and public silence around domestic abuse.
Please join us on September 13th, 7pm, at The Lamb (94 Lambs Conduit Street, wc1n 3lz – nearest tube Russell Square) before taking to the streets and grabbing the media attention that this subject deserves.