Domestic Abuse: help us to be heard by Jennifer Gilmour

As some of you may know I have a good friend and Author called Jennier Gilmour.

I got to know Jen via our nappy cake businesses over 4 year ago.

Jennifer has kindly sent me a feature on her next project, Clipped wings. Please take a read, I have yet to read Jens latest book (bad friend) as been so so busy since winning my award.

Please se take a look at this and her book is available on various publications.


Domestic Abuse: Help us to be heard

The term ‘domestic abuse’ is currently high on the political and popularist agenda. Author, Jennifer Gilmour has spent the last 10 months speaking with survivors of domestic abuse in order to give a voice to their stories.

Jennifer, herself a survivor of domestic abuse, released her debut novel Isolation Junction last year. It is loosely based on her own experience of emotional abuse and coercive control by a former partner. The aim of book was to educate others of this hidden side of domestic abuse through a form of entertainment as a fictional novel.

As a result of reading her novel other survivors came forward to speak of their own experiences and Jennifer has collated these accounts into one book. The book, entitled ‘Clipped Wings’ was released last month to mark domestic violence awareness month.

Each ‘voice’ is speaks from their own experience and Jennifer believes that this is key to the continued work of raising awareness of this kind of behaviour, the effect it can have and by knowing that they are not alone, helping people to have the courage to move away from the perpetrators of such behaviour and to rebuild their lives.

‘Clipped Wings’ continues Jenny’s mission of raising awareness of domestic abuse and coercive control and to demonstrate that the statistic of 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men is indeed correct. Sadly, this kind of behaviour transcends the age groups with many young men and women entering into relationships dominated by unacceptably controlling behaviours. Jennifer says, “Together we are stronger and can work to eradicate this insidious and often unnoticed behaviour which is prevalent in an unacceptable number of relationships.”

In its first week Clipped Wings reached number 3 in the Kindle charts.


What book reviewers have said about the book:

Jessica’s Reading Room
“Whilst it is heartbreaking to read some of the accounts and what the people went through in their relationships, it is ultimately an uplifting book. The stories are as much about courage and recovery as they are about violence and abuse.
I would say this book is a must read for anyone who wants to hear first hand how people can survive such terrible abuse and come through the other side”

Isabella May Author
“To pen ‘Isolation Junction’, her first novel, was one thing. But to then go on to compile an anthology, working with domestic violence survivors both female and male, from all walks of life and backgrounds; that was quite another. An emotional roller coaster in every sense of the word”

Life of a Nerdish Mum
“This isn’t an easy read, but it is an important one. Giving a voice to survivors makes the problem visible and it can help people who may be in a similar situation see that they are not alone and there can be a light at the end of the the tunnel. There is also advice given at the end of the book by Jennifer Gilmour who is a survivor herself, in case you may need it or know someone who does.”

Chocolate ’n’ Waffles
“Reading Clipped Wings is unsettling, upsetting, and it should be! Many of the victims talked about how they did not see the signs, how guilt eats them away, how hard it is to escape a prison with no bars. It made me sick, it made me want to punch someone very hard. But most importantly, it showed me, with their own words, how those men and women did not let go of life, despite everything. This is the most beautiful part of the book”

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Married mum of three, writes first novel to raise awareness of the unseen side of domestic abuse/coercive control.


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Hull based mother and business owner, Jennifer Gilmour, has spent the past eighteen months writing her first novel with the aim of not only raising awareness of this insidious behaviour which brings hidden misery to so many but of bringing about changes at a national level. A ‘survivor’ herself, Jennifer is well aware that changes to national policies and working practices are needed so that situations in which women (and men) present in emotionally abusive situations are recognised and dealt with appropriately and with compassion. Jennifer believes that particular training needs to be focused on recognising the perpetrators of this behaviour, as often they are very persuasive people who are able to manipulate the services themselves.

Jennifer’s Huffington Post article went into more depth about life after domestic abuse and living with the unseen ‘bruises’. She states that, “This is why it is important that not only are the agencies well equipped to recognise abuse and coercive control but that there is support to protect those at risk as well. I was lucky to be supported by Hull DAP, which takes on medium risk cases as well as high risk cases. In many parts of the UK. This is not the case.”

Jennifer’s book follows the story of Rose who is stuck in an abusive and coercive relationship referred to as Isolation Junction. After years of emotional abuse, the self doubt about her future and the erosion of her confidence, Rose takes a stand. Finding herself alone, penniless and frightened Rose wonders how she will ever escape from the situation to provide a better life for herself and her children. With 100 reasons to leave and 1000 reasons why she perceives she can’t – will she have the courage to do it? And will she find the support to regain control and confidence?

Jennifer Gilmour was born and educated in Hull before moving south to attend university. Now happily living in her home city with her husband, three children and a hamster she runs an Internet business (Blissful Gifts and Services) and is a top performing Consultant for Jamberry.

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