It beggar's belief that we have a criminal justice system that is so removed from reality that it can introduce such puny custodial terms for brutal assaults on women.

On the same day the BBC domestic abuse documentary 'Behind Closed Doors' was being aired, we had the chilling newspaper article of the tragic deaths of a mum and dad, discovered by their 9 year old daughter.

The 'Behind Closed Doors' documentary is bitingly stark and direct. Why is it needed? Why do we need to watch it?

Behind Closed Doors - A 'must watch' documentary on domestic abuse is being aired on BBC1 at 9pm Monday 14 March. Narrated by Olivia Coleman it gained unprecedented access to Thames Valley Police’s domestic abuse team, offering rare insight into what is described as 'the most common violent crime to take place in the home'.

Do perpetrator programmes work? I suppose if you think about any behavioural change programme, the honest answer is - maybe! No, that's not quite right. The honest answer is 'it's up to you'.

Splitz works with male perpetrators of domestic abuse - in fact in Wiltshire, we deliver a highly regarded and successful (Respect Accredited) 25 week programme to tackle male perpetrating and abusive behaviour.


It's great to hear from those we have helped and supported  to recover their self confidence and look forward to a life without fear.

How do you spot signs of domestic abuse? Particularly coercion and control? A chilling ITV documentary 'Behind Closed Doors - Fear and Control:was broadcast last month.

Without the concept of coercive control, we think about physical abuse and maybe emotional abuse, but it’s easy to miss a wide range of controlling acts including manipulation, intimidation, sexual coercion, and loving deeds that are performed to keep another person from leaving.

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What should the UK’s department for international development (DfID) do next to reduce violence against women and girls around the world? On this year’s International Women’s Day, DfID’s ministerial champion for tackling violence against women and girls overseas, Baroness Sandip Verma will be answering questions live.

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