I see domestic abuse everywhere – but people still don't understand what it is

As a domestic violence worker, many of the young women I work with have no idea they are experiencing abuse

Where community rehabilitation ‘is harder than a short-term jail sentence’

In a Manchester scheme, those convicted of car crimes and given intensive community orders are brought face to face with the consequences

Free thinking

The thought processes behind male-on-male violence and domestic abuse are similar, say experts. A new course aiming to break the link by challenging the attitudes of young males is proving successful

Situation Kritikal

Kelly Mattison finds that suicide is biggest killer of men aged 30 to 45, as hip-hop artist speaks out after taking overdose

How interviewing successful care leavers taught young people to dream big

A video project created by members of York’s children in care council challenges the negative stigma they experience

My Grandmother would be proud

Prisoners teach fellow inmates how to read

I was in a supportive, loving and disciplined environment

Ashley John-Baptiste’s documentary about being fostered reveals how it helped him build strong relationships and develop a positive outlook

Charitable tendency

Johnny Marr talks exclusively to Kelly Mattison about the release of his single in aid of homeless charity Centrepoint

Out of steps

Kevin Edward Turner nearly lost everything when he suffered a severe mental breakdown and was sectioned. Instead he’s used his family’s experiences of it to create a new show

Teaching boys about healthy relationships: 'They need it from birth'

A course in schools, youth justice departments and youth centres aims to prevent violence against women and girls

'Now I feel free': why social workers must be ready to help care leavers forgive

It can be hard when justifying why a child should be in care, but professionals shouldn’t judge parents because forgiveness is empowering

Speaking Out acclaim for survivors of childhood abuse

Mental Health Media awards for three men brave enough to talk in powerful documentary about the sexual abuse that blighted their lives

If they close this place down I will go back to prison

So scared of life on the outside was Andrew Monahan that he would drive up to police officers and tell them he had no driving license in order to be sent back behind bars

Domestic Violence: Enemy within

The emotional scars of witnessing domestic violence can stay with children for a lifetime increasing the risk they may go on to be abusers themselves

Children need more protection from porn

The Bailey report on the sexualisation of children published last week does not go far enough to protect young people from the easy availability of pornography

Forgive but don't forget

Jenny Molloy was nine when she voluntarily went into care with her two brothers. She tells Kelly Mattison how and why she came to forgive her alcoholic, neglectful parents

New support for women prisoners and their families

Justice minister Simon Hughes has announced that women in custody will be given help to maintain vital ties with their families

Teachers Suspended

Schools are short-staffed because teachers are being suspended if they live with someone who has committed a serious offence, according to the trade union Unison

Reforms: time well spent

Recent changes to the 1974 Rehabilitation of Offenders Act will reduce the prejudice exoffenders face when applying for jobs but they “do not go far enough”

‘I’d make sure children in poverty were getting enough money’

Kayleigh was one of five young people in the recent documentary Poor Kids whose moving and eloquent accounts moved child poverty up the political agenda.

I was eight years old when I committed my first crime

Growing up with crime all around him, it was almost inevitable Tadge Sulich would follow a similar path, and so he did

‘I run out of money a day or two after I get paid’

Shelby’s bed is broken, she has no cooker and she drinks coffee to numb her permanent hunger

Styal prison unit ‘unsuitable’: inspector

The chief inspector of prisons has described the state of women held in a special unit at a Cheshire prison as more shocking and distressing than anything he has ever seen on inspection

Women search for hope in a war-scarred state

Sally Lindsay and Suranne Jones visited conflict-riven Congo last month where rapes and the brutality of crimes against women are described as the worst in the world

Sex workers protection scheme

A national scheme to improve the safety of sex workers by telling them about dangerous punters is to be run from Manchester

Rehabilitation courses denied to prisoners with learning disabilities

Prisoners with learning disabilities are spending more time in jail than necessary because they cannot take part in education

People bully you because your house isn't fancy

Four children share their insights on life below the poverty line in a BBC TV programme

Forced Marriages In Community Spotlight

A community initiative is running free workshops in the North West on forced marriage and honour killings after receiving funding from the Forced Marriage Unit

He was a big powerful man. He kicked me

Michelle Molloy suffered so violently at the hands of her partner that she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder

On course to tackle domestic abuse

The organiser of a domestic abuse awareness course for men claims it has been successful in changing their behaviour towards their partners

Housing & Homelessness News - Family matters

Kelly Mattison reports on the closure of an accommodation centre that has been helping homeless mothers and their young children for 30 years

Fergie stays in Wythenshawe B&B

Sarah Ferguson moved to a Manchester estate for 10 days to live an working class lifestyle for a TV programme

Wave hello to the children in Wigan

Alison Hull is having a huge chunk of her hair cut out from her scalp. A pathologist is carrying out this procedure with what Hull describes as a large pair of wallpaper scissors

‘There was nothing to prepare us for it’

Former Coronation Street actor Bruce Jones was among the celebrities who slept rough for ten nights in a BBC documentary

Body of evidence - Male Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Body dysmorphic disorder sufferers become worry so obsessively about their appearance that some try to kill themselves. And it affects men as well as women

More Than An Act

Acts of random kindness make the world a slightly better place. Now one entrepreneur is helping people look good while they perform them

Best tackles family legacies of booze

Calum Best meets some of the 1.3 million children who have a parent who abuses alcohol

In Shadow Of Terrorism

“People in the west have absolutely no idea what terrorism is. We have a 9/11 or 7/7 if not every day then every second day in Pakistan”