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Fans of the Portland Thorns hold protest signs during a game in 2021. AP Photo/Steve Dipaola

Abuse in women’s professional soccer was an ‘open secret’ – the ‘bystander effect’ and structural barriers prevented more players from speaking out

A new report has highlighted ‘systemic’ verbal, emotional and sexual abuse of women’s soccer players. Many feared retaliation if they spoke out, while others didn’t think it was their place.
Leaving the family home when children are involved brings psychological and practical barriers. fizkes | Shutterstock

Why victims of domestic abuse don’t leave – four experts explain

Coercive control seeks to disempower victims of domestic abuse on every level. Leaving the family home – and disentangling feelings of care – is a complex process.
There is a clear need for youth-centred policy at the federal and provincial levels that specifically addresses dating violence. (Shutterstock)

Adolescent dating violence affects 1 in 3, but murky policies mean most adults don’t know how to help

One in three Canadian youth experience dating violence. Early intervention is critical to preventing the negative effects, but adolescents report significant barriers to finding support.
Those who grow up in toxic environments are up to 12 times more likely to experience addiction, depression and to try to commit suicide. (Shutterstock)

Teen suicide is on the rise and this is why

World Suicide Prevention Day draws attention to the rising tide of teenagers taking their own lives. “Toxic socialization” involving emotional and physical abuse in families is a major cause.
The bouquet held by Bolshy Divas member Jackie Softly represents the people with disability whose accounts of violence and abuse the Senate inquiry heard in Perth, but these are just the tip of the iceberg. AAP/Sarah Motherwell

We count what matters, and violence against people with disability matters

Accountability for the violence and abuse that people with disability experience begins with recording the offences. In fact, we have long ignored crimes against vulnerable members of our community.
A diagnostic label such as borderline personality disorder, with its stigma and propensity to invalidate the person’s suffering, clearly has many negative impacts. madamepsychosis/Flickr

Borderline personality disorder is a hurtful label for real suffering – time we changed it

Diagnostic labels usually describe symptoms, attempt to answer the question of what is wrong, and lead to a treatment plan. But “borderline personality disorder” fails on all three counts.

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