Stay Brave welcomes a new law has come into force in Scotland that makes psychological domestic abuse and controlling behaviour a crime. It covers the full breadth of violent, threatening, intimidating and other controlling behaviour which can destroy a victim’s autonomy and further recognises the adverse impact domestic abuse can have on children. Until the new legislation, the law in Scotland only provided for prosecution of the physical aspects of domestic abuse. Law enfor
Stay Brave is very proud to have partnered with Chappy, the gay community dating app, where we helped examine a number of issues facing gay and bisexual men in British society. It surveyed 518 men from across the UK. Findings include; Nearly one quarter of gay and bisexual man have been the victim of domestic abuse from a same-sex partner. The report also found that 22 percent of male respondents had suffered domestic abuse when in a relationship with another man. Over one in
This time last year I was preparing to brief MPs on future stages of the Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women & Domestic Abuse Bill, which had passed the first stage in Westminster just before the Christmas break. That unprecedented piece of legislation made history, and the passing of the Bill some months later has led to the prioritisation of legislation and action to tackle domestic and intimate abuse. I was in the cinema just last week, when I was able to witne
Earlier this week was international men’s day which highlights men’s health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting male role models. With many of the stereotypical characteristics of being a man following on the lines of to “not show emotions”, to “toughen up”, to rely on the physical and not emotional we can see that there have been many negative effects of this. In this years Samaritans suicide report, it again shows that “Male rates remain
I had just started at a university in the next city over and I had a girlfriend back home. She hadn’t had a good life so far, her parents didn’t pay much attention and her ex had died in a car accident a year or so before. She was nice – I liked her. An alarm bell should have sounded when she would occasionally start calling me Dan. She had her demons, but I was young and this was my first girlfriend, I honestly didn’t think I’d ever find someone to pay attention to me. I was
Stay Brave UK is on a mission, and I’d like you to join us on this journey. I joined the Trustee Board of Stay Brave UK because I understand the need for campaigning organisations which seek to prevent, combat and eliminate domestic, sexual and intimate abuse. Stay Brave UK is unique. We’re an organisation which campaigns to ensure that nobody, regardless of gender, is denied access to support. But we also recognise the global pandemic of injustice which is gender inequality.
Stay Brave UK is on a mission. We exist to bring a voice to those who have suffered from violence. We speak out when victims think they are voiceless. Our founding principle is to campaign to ensure that nobody, regardless of gender, is denied access to support. We know that men are much less likely to report domestic abuse, or seek support. It’s why support often doesn’t exist. Men, trans and non-binary people can face discrimination when accessing services. I know that, I w
Asking for help is never easy. It may seem easy to someone from the outside. But when you’re sitting there with a laptop open, helpline number entered into a phone, it takes an amazing amount of courage to press the dial button. First few times you press it fear may get the better and you’ll hang up soon as you hear a ring. More often than not the laptop gets closed, the phone gets put down, and help is not asked for. These brave people will then endure for another few months