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Girls’ World— Scream Quietly Or The Neighbours Will Hear, © Lidia Lidia

Girls' World—Scream Quietly or the Neighbours Will Hear

In 1971, Erin Pizzey, who set up the first domestic violence shelter in the UK, wrote Scream Quietly or the Neighbours Will Hear, a book documenting the experiences of battered women. Domestic violence is nowadays defined as any incident, or pattern of incidents, of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to psychological, physical, sexual, financial and emotional. Research shows that domestic violence can be reciprocal, and that women are as equally capable of violence as men, but that it is a deeply cultural and gendered issue which disproportionately affects women and children.

From the series It’s All For Your Own Good, images 1-9, © Lidia Lidia

Girls' World—It's All for Your Own Good

Psychological and emotional abuse is any act including confinement, isolation, verbal assault, humiliation, intimidation, infantilization, or any other treatment which may diminish the sense of identity, dignity and self-worth. Common signs of psychological abuse are depression, low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts and anxiety. It causes serious behavioural, cognitive, emotional or mental disorder. It can cause Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Often it occurs in the family and the vast majority of victims of this kind of violence are women and children.


  • UK Government: recognise domestic abuse

  • Global and regional estimates of violence against women. Prevalence and health effects of intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual violence. World Health Organization 2013.

  • Intimate personal violence and partner abuse. Office for National Statistics 11 February 2016.

  • Violence Against Women and Girls Crime Report. Crown Prosecution Service September 2016.

  • The Casey Review: a review into opportunity and integration Dame Louise Casey DBE CB December 2016.

  • Emotional abuse: definitions, signs, symptoms, examples



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