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Quotable: Patrick Stewart On Speaking Out Against Domestic Violence

“The truth is that domestic violence touches many of us. It is very possible that someone you know – a friend, sister, daughter or colleague – is experiencing abuse. One in four women will experience domestic violence at some point in her lifetime. And every week two women are killed by a current or former partner in England and Wales, and 10 women take their own lives as the only way they know how to escape a violent partner. You are almost certainly paying for it. Domestic violence costs around £26bn a year in medical, legal and housing costs … This violence is not a private matter. Behind closed doors it is shielded and hidden and it only intensifies. It is protected by silence – everyone’s silence … Most people find the idea of violence against women – and sometimes, though rarely, against men – abhorrent, but do nothing to challenge it. More women and children, just like my mother and me, will continue to experience domestic violence unless we all speak out against it.”

– Actor Patrick Stewart on his experience as a child with domestic violence and why he supports Refuge’s “Four Ways To Speak Out” anti-domestic violence campaign in an essay for the UK’s The Guardian Keep reading »

Football Losses Linked To Uptick In Domestic Violence

We know that dudes, and many ladies, take their football really seriously. And, of course, losing sucks. But did you know it could also be dangerous? A new study shows that episodes of domestic violence are linked to local NFL losses. Yikes. Researchers looked at domestic violence reports from 1995 to 2006 and found that on nights when home teams lost, there was an 8 percent increase in incidents of domestic violence. That statistic nearly doubled when rival teams were playing one another. Obviously, researchers believe that football is not to blame for the incident, but may act as a trigger to anger. The data corresponds with that theory, as most of the violent episodes tended to take place about three hours after the end of a game. I also have to wonder what role alcohol plays in this picture. Either way … these results are awful. Just to be clear, a man should be able to accept his favorite team losing without harming anyone. [Newser] Keep reading »

Anthony Michael Hall Accused Of Stalking And Attacking His Ex

Watching “Sixteen Candles” and “Weird Science,” it’s hard to imagine Anthony Michael Hall as anything but a sweet, docile, adorable little dude. But according to the New York Post that is so not the case. Allegedly, he stalked and assaulted Diana Falzone, his ex-girlfriend, a TV and radio host. According to court docs they dug up, Hall arrived at Falzone’s apartment last Tuesday morning, beating on her door and threatening to kick it in. She finally let him in, and he allegedly assaulted her, hitting her head against a wall. Falzone got a temporary restraining order against Hall and the hearing over the incident will begin next week. Keep reading »

“Hit The Bitch” Web Campaign Is Actually Anti-Domestic Violence, Got It?

Finding new, exciting, and creative ways to tell men that they shouldn’t hit women is tough, ain’t it? Which is probably why a Danish anti-domestic violence group came up with this ill-advised “Hit The Bitch” web campaign, in which users are encouraged to repeatedly punch a woman’s face until, eventually, they’re admonished for being “100% Idiot.” Really? “Idiot” is the best anti-domestic violence finger-wagging insult they could come up with? And really, what’s the point? To make the user feel guilty for punching this innocent woman’s face, just to see what would happen? I didn’t go to Advertising Douchebag University, but something tells me that the first thing you learn there is that if an ad campaign is at all confusing, you have totally effing failed. [Ad Week] Keep reading »

Rihanna Says She Couldn’t “Be Responsible For Going Back” To Chris Brown


The first part of Diane Sawyer’s interview with Rihanna aired on “Good Morning America” today and her admissions about the abuse she suffered at the hands of ex-boyfriend Chris Brown were far beyond what she acknowledged in her interview with this month’s Glamour. Tearing up at one point, Rihanna explained to Sawyer that after the abuse — one out of “eight or nine” separate times he hit her — became public knowledge she felt ashamed that everyone now knew the “type of person” she was in love with. “I stayed. I even went back after he beat me, which was wrong,” she said. “But again … I’m a human being and people put me on a very unrealistic pedestal. And all these expectations, I’m not perfect.” Still, it was those expectations that eventually motivated her to leave. Keep reading »

Rihanna Talks To Glamour About Chris Brown Assault

Rihanna is finally opening up about the physical abuse she suffered by ex-boyfriend Chris Brown in an interview with Glamour magazine. They interviewed Rihanna for their annual Women Of The Year issue, ostensibly to speak up for domestic violence survivors, which is a brave move for her to make. But honestly? Rihanna’s statement is of the “no, duh” variety and sounds like it was written/watered down by PR folks and lawyers. Keep reading »

Paris Hilton and Doug Reinhardt: More Alleged Domestic Violence, Celeb-Style

The New York Post is reporting Paris Hilton and her boyfriend, Doug Reinhardt, had a “boozy grapple” after a Halloween party on Friday night that led to what I would call domestic violence. Hilton and her boyfriend attended Heidi Klum and Seal’s Halloween party and then hit up another bash at L.A.’s Roosevelt hotel. When the couple got into their limo at 3:30 a.m., the publicity-hungry twosome were apparently three sheets to the wind. At some point during the drive home, witnesses, including paparazzi, allegedly saw a cell phone chucked from the limo’s window and then the vehicle abruptly stopped. Allegedly, Hilton got out of the limo, searched the ground for it (it was later located and given back to her by a paparazzo), and in front of a bunch of witnesses, scolded Reinhardt for throwing it out the window. When she got back in the car, Hilton allegedly slapped and kicked Reinhardt and he then used his left hand to choke and restrain her. “[Doug] was holding her around the neck saying, ‘Relax, relax,’” a photog told the Post. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Tyra Does A Show On Women Who Hit Their Boyfriends

  • Yesterday, Tyra Banks did a show on “battered men syndrome,” about when women hit their boyfriends. OK, Tyra, listen up: While physical abuse is just as wrong when it happens to men, the fact is woman-on-man violence is not representative of the actual face of domestic violence. According to the American Bar Association, 1.3 million women are physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually, compared with 835,000 men. Studies have also shown women are more likely to be killed by an intimate partner than men. A show like yours just contributes to the mistaken belief that women are just as likely to abuse their partners as men and dilutes how power dynamics between women and men factor into abuse. [Jezebel]
  • The city of Puebla, Mexico has introduced pink taxi cabs driven for women, by women to respond to the problem of “leering drivers.” Oh, hi, Mexico? How about punishing the “leering drivers” who are sexually harassing female cab customers instead? [Feministing]
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    Todd English Strikes Back

    Remember when celebrity chef Todd English left his fiancée, Erica Wang, standing at the altar last week, earning him the title of Worst Fiancé Ever? Well, Todd is finally defending his actions. He claims there was a very good reason that he called the wedding off … Erica hit him. In a tearful interview with People, Todd called his relationship with Erica “volatile and vicious,” and full of “physical and verbal abuse.” He says it reached rock bottom when she reportedly punched him in the eye last month. As much as I hate to doubt anyone who claims they’ve been a victim of domestic abuse, I just don’t know if I’m buying this. I mean, have you seen pics of Erica Wang? She’s hardly physically intimidating. Also, a source close to Todd suggests a more compelling reason for the breakup: “He had other girlfriends.” But Todd is prepared to put his money where his mouth is—he has filed assault charges with the NYPD over the incident. Wang responded by marching down to see the po-po in person, however her attorney said in a statement, “My client will continue to cooperate, has done nothing wrong and welcomes the opportunity for the District Attorney to reach that conclusion and clear her name.” So what do you think—real or just trying to save his reputation? [People] Keep reading »

    Would You Dump A Guy If You Found Out He Hit His Ex?

    There are dealbreakers and then there are dealbreakers—and a past history of domestic violence is a dealbreaker on a lot of people’s list. Salon.com’s advice columnist, Cary Tennis, fielded a question from a former abuser who’s nervous about telling his new girlfriend he physically abused his ex-wife half a dozen times during their marriage.

    After divorcing, “Ex-Abuser,” as he signed his letter, entered therapy and said it helped him “understand my reasons for the abuse, and the effect it had on both my wife and our relationship.” Also after the divorce, he and his ex-wife went to therapy together and “the abuse was addressed and some amount of nascent healing took place.”

    Now Ex-Abuser is in a new relationship with a woman he seems to want to spend his life with. Trouble is, he hasn’t told her about his past. Not only is he afraid his new girlfriend will ditch him if she knows, but his ex-wife is threatening to spill the beans herself. And that, obviously, would be bad. Keep reading »

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