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Malin Andersson has opened up about being a victim of domestic violence in a powerful open letter. The reality star shared a photo of her bruised face to help women in similar situations.

She wrote, “The external isn’t as bad as the internal. Damage not to my physical body but my mental health also. PTSD. Constant thoughts of ‘am I crazy, did any of this happen?’ Questioning myself.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Malin explained that she kept quiet for such a long time because she felt trapped. She struggled to tell anyone about her situation,  “I lost myself completely. I wasn’t Malin, I was someone else. I was trapped. I thought I was ok. I thought that it was my fault. I kept going back because I thought I was in love. I thought this was all love. It’s not.”

She revealed the moment she knew she had to escape her abuser, “I woke up one day and decided to break the cycle. I knew enough was enough. I didn’t know if I would ever see this day, the constant head f***, but I promise you the day I set free came to me, it will come to you.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“They will make you out to be crazy. You’re not. Please seek help before it’s too late. END THE CYCLE,” Malin pleaded.

“@womens_aid @refugecharity Call 08082000247 .. or 999 – there are people here to help. You’re not alone,” she stressed.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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To say that the former Love Island star is brave for sharing her story just isn’t enough. The courage and strength it takes to walk away from an abusive relationship is unbelievable, but Malin is right, women must seek help before it is too late.

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Women's Aid have launched a new guide on safety orders for young women who are experiencing abuse in their relationships, due to new laws being introduced.

The legislation brought in at the beginning of this year allows women who are going through dating abuse to apply for Safety and Protection orders.

Women's Aid are instigating the guide on Valentine's Day as part of the #TooIntoYou campaign to emphasise the darker side of love.

RTÉ's Can't Stop Dancing presenter Bláthnaid Treacy is also urging young women and men to "know the signs of dating abuse", especially because 60 percent of abuse in relationships begins before the age of 25.

Women's Aid are a national organisation which provides vital information and support to women experiencing dating abuse and domestic violence. Their #TooIntoYou campaign aims to spread much-needed awareness on the topic.

#TooIntoYou uses social media and poster advertising to strive for the spread of information from February 14 until March 8 (International Women's Day).

New laws brought in at the start of 2019 under the Domestic Violence Act 2018 allow women to apply for important Safety and Protection laws.

However, the organisation believes that many young women are still in the dark about the change and how to get the necessary protection, which is why Women's Aid ae bringing in the 'Guide to Safety Orders in Dating Relationships' online today.

Spotting the 10 key danger signs of dating abuse and providing information to combat online stalking and digital abuse is of imperative importance for women in Ireland today.

Margaret Martin, Director of Women’s Aid says:

"1 in 5 women in Ireland experience abuse in relationships and in a national survey on domestic abuse in Ireland, almost 60 percent of those who had experienced severe abuse in intimate relationships first experienced it when they were under the age of 25."

"A stark reminder of this risk is that 1 in every 2 women, aged between 18-25, killed in Ireland since 1996 were murdered by their boyfriends or exes," Martin concluded.

The campaign is being launched on Valentine's Day to highlight the hidden reality of many young women's relationships, despite the fact that today is traditionally associated with love and romance.

Martin's goal for today, is to ask the hard questions; "We are clearly asking – what part of love is abuse?" She spoke directly to victims and survivors; “You are not alone in feeling something isn't right with your relationship."

Visit the #TooIntoYou website here for more information, or call the Women's Aid 24hr National Freephone Helpline at 1800 341 900.

Feature image: Instagram'/@womens.aid

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R&B singer R. Kelly has just announced a worldwide tour, despite the extensive abuse allegations against him going back three decades.

The world's most notorious musician's alleged predilection for engaging in sex acts with underage girls is the subject of a new documentary, Surviving R Kelly.

The series has rocked the entire world, watching the sheer scale of claims made against him over such an extended amount of time.

Kelly has consistently denied all the accusations of sexual misconduct, rape, emotional, physical and sexual abuse and holding women captive in a sex cult. He has also threatened to sue Lifetime for airing the docu-series.

The singer has an album, Trust, coming out soon and has dropped new music for his 'Day One Fans' on January 1.

Streams of his music has shockingly increased since more allegations were released to the general public, with numerous celebrities slamming his actions and treatment of black women.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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R Kelly's alleged abusive treatment hasn't been a secret for the music industry; he even went on trial for child pornography back in 2001 but was acquitted of all charges despite a large amount of evidence against him.

It was also rumoured that he physically abused R&B singer Aaliyah, and it's been reported that he married her when she was just 15-years-old by forging legal documents.

Time will tell whether the tour will sell tickets, but reactions have been incredulous;

 Disbelieving social media users are wondering how this will pan out, after all the drama that has recently erupted.

Blood is boiling, according to one woman:

Other women were downright outraged:

More details have yet to be announced, but we're sure they'll hit the headlines when they do.

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French police officials have arrested American rap singer Chris Brown following a rape accusation, AP has reported.

Closer initially reported that a 24-year-old woman alleged Brown raped her after meeting him in a nightclub on 15 January in France.

The same woman is also claiming that one of Brown's acquaintances abused her.

This isn't the first time the 29-year-old has been accused of sexual violence or violent crime.

The singer dated Rihanna back in 2009, and the pair were brought into the spotlight after an argument left the Umbrella singer covered in bruises and facial injuries as a result of Brown's rage.

Brown has spoken of the incident, claiming after he saw the image of her injured face that he, "felt like a f*cking monster".

Pitchfork also reported in 2017 that a woman claimed she was seriously sexually assaulted in the rapper's home, and sued him as a result of her trauma.

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Contestants at the Miss Peru 2018 competition took a stand for women's rights. 

Using the competition as a platform, the contestants gave statistics and facts about violence against women, femicide and trafficking, among other things.

The contestants gave the answers during a segment in which they are usually required to give their physical measurements. 

The protest was clearly planned, as images matching the stats were incorporated into the stage set up. 

'My name is Camila Canicoba,' said the first contestant to step up the microphone.

'I represent the department of Lima.'

'My measurements are: 2,202 cases of murdered women reported in the last nine years in my country.'

The hashtag #MisMedidasSon, or 'my measurements are' quickly began trending across social media. 

The protest was part of a wider movement to shed light on violence against women in Peru. 

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Ireland’s domestic violence problem is largely unreported and misunderstood, a fact that drastically needs to change.

Sadly, some 300,000 people – from all walks of life – have been severely abused by a partner in Ireland at some stage, and 2 in 5 people know someone who has experienced domestic violence.

And that is exactly why Cosc’s #MyDoorsOpen campaign is so important; victims need to know that they are not alone.

In a bid to raise awareness of the importance of helping those who are suffering in silence, Cosc, The National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence, organised two actors to have an argument on the streets of Dublin.

On display for the public, the fight continued as the couple entered an apartment; what happens behind the closed door is clearly visible from the shadows on the curtains.

Thankfully, this couple is only acting, but for so many people this is real life.

The aim of the initiative, which supports The Department of Justice and Equality’s domestic violence campaign, ‘What would you do?’,  is to reduce the number of those who experience domestic abuse by letting victims know that they are not alone.

By sharing #MyDoorsOpen, you can let your social circle know that if one of them is a victim, you’ll be there for them.

While you cannot make someone leave a relationship if they are not ready to do so, you can still be there for them until they are ready.

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Over 300,000 people in Ireland have been severely abused by a partner at some point in their lives. If you have witnessed or experienced domestic violence/abusive behaviour by a partner, or you are concerned you have abused someone, you can prevent it from happening again.

For more information, go to www.whatwouldyoudo.ie

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Figures from Women's Aid, Ireland's national domestic support organisation, show that 19,000 contacts were made to the domestic abuse support service in 2016.

As well as reports of domestic abuse, there were nearly 4,000 disclosures of child abuse, according to RTE.

The service launched its extended National Freephone Helpline as a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week service in September 2016, and this is the first report since that time. 

96 per cent of callers were women, while 4 per cent were men.

In regards to domestic abuse, the helpline saw a 70 per cent jump in calls logged, with 16,946 disclosures of domestic violence against women noted compared to 9,000 the year previously. 

11,000 of these calls were about emotional abuse, 3,500 were disclosures of assault and almost 700 were reports of rape, according to the report. 

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Earlier this week, we reported on legislation which sought to decriminalise certain forms of domestic violence in Russia.

At the time of writing, the proposal was making its way through Russian parliament. 

It was awaiting second approval from the lower house before being approved by the upper chamber and receiving sign-off from president Vladimir Putin.

And according to emerging reports this afternoon, the legislation has now been passed.

While it does still await official approval from both the upper chamber and the president, it is understood that theses processes are considered mere formalities, and having been approved for a second time, the legislation will now become law.

It has been established that the State Duma voted 380-3 to eliminate criminal liability for battery on family members which does not cause actual bodily harm.

This development means that battering a spouse will only become punishable by either a fine of less than $500, a nominal 15 days of 'administrative arrest', or community service.

President Putin has signalled his support of the controversial bill.
 

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Legislation which would decriminalise all acts of domestic violence, excluding rape and serious bodily harm, is currently making its way through parliament in Russia.

Having already passed one reading in the lower house of the Russian parliament, the measure will likely become law if it is passed at a second reading on Wednesday.

The measure must go through a third reading in addition to a final reading in the upper house, however these particular readings are generally considered little more than formalities.

Commenting on the controversy stemming from the proposed legislation, Russian expert, Yulia Gorbunova of Human Rights Watch, appealed to lawmakers to consider the risks associated with passing the law.

"Passage of this law would be a huge step backward for Russia, where victims of domestic violence already face enormous obstacles to getting help or justice," she said.

"The domestic violence bill would reduce penalties for abusers and put victims’ lives at even greater risk," she added,

As it stands, domestic battery in Russia is punishable by two years imprisonment, but this is rarely enforced.

Should the controversial law be passed over the coming weeks, battering a spouse will only become punishable by either a fine of less than $500, a nominal 15 days of 'administrative arrest', or community service.

40 women in Russia die every day at the hands of their spouse which equates with a staggering 14,000 women every year.

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Amber Heard has always been vocal about the alleged domestic violence she suffered at the hands of now ex-husband Johnny Depp.

The 30-year-old wrote a powerful open letter in Porter where she spoke out about her experiences ad gave her advice to women the world over who are victims of abuse. 

"You are not alone. You may have suffered alone behind closed doors, but you are not alone. You need to know that. I want to remind you of your strength, a strength that has been multiplied by the number of women who stand silently behind you—a truth that allowed me to break down the doors I once found myself behind," she began.

"Let's start with the truth—the cold, hard truth. When a woman comes forward to speak out about injustice or her suffering, instead of aid, respect and support, she will be met with hostility, scepticism and shame. Her motives will be questioned and her truth ignored."

 

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'I never felt like anyone would or could rescue me, so naturally I resented the label of "victim."

"As I write this today, I can promise every woman who is suffering in silence, you are not alone. You may not see us, but we are there," finished the actress.

The letter comes after the star's moving video about domestic violence was pulled from the internet, presumably because it was in breach of the confidentially clause included in her divorce settlement with actor Johnny Depp. We hope this letter doesn't go the same way. 

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A Moroccan television station has been forced to apologise for broadcasting a makeup tutorial which encourages women to conceal injuries acquired through domestic violence.

Daytime TV show Sabihayat and its network 2M faced major backlash online after last week’s airing of the controversial segment which offered “beauty tips” to those who wish to “camouflage traces of violence”.

2M has since released a statement through its Facebook account admitting that the feature was “completely inappropriate” considering “the gravity of the subject of violence against women”.

Thousands of people signed a petition on Change.org calling for “severe sanctions” to be brought against the show for attempting to normalise domestic abuse.

“Do not cover domestic violence with makeup, condemn the aggressor,” wrote the page’s founder.

While the model used for the programme’s demonstration wore fake bruises, Twitter users were offended by the suggestion that victims of violence should hide the work of their abusers.

“Instead of giving women makeup tips to hide evidence of #domesticabuse, please teach men how not to abuse women,” wrote one woman.

“Host spends more time talking about the best brand of makeup to cover domestic violence bruises than the actual issue of domestic violence,” said another.

 

 

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Amber Heard tearfully discussed the details of her experiences with domestic violence in a powerful video that has since disappeared from the internet.

The video showed the actress emotionally recalling how she felt during the alleged abuse at the hands of her now ex-husband Johnny Depp.

She settled her divorce with Johnny Depp earlier this year after claiming that the actor was "verbally and physically abusive."

In the video, Amber recalls her feelings of shame during the alleged abuse.

"'I guess there was a lot of shame attached to that, the label of victim."

"It happens to so many women you know. When it happens in your home behind closed doors with someone you love, it’s not straightforward. If a stranger did this it would be a no-brainer,'" she said in the video, which was uploaded by the Girl Gaze Project.

The model said that the only way we can start to move forward in preventing domestic violence is if women will come forward.

"You don't have to do it alone. You're not alone, and we can change this."

"Speak up, speak up. Raise your voice, your voice is the most powerful thing and we, together, as women standing shoulder to shoulder cannot and will not any longer accept silence."

The video was released on Friday to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Towards Women.

In a strange turn of events, the video has now been set to private, and a corresponding Facebook post to promote the "public service announcement" has also been erased. 

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