The forum is a month old and I thought I would share some information and statistics on the forums progress with you all. Starting right at the beginning with the vision of the forum first.
Why have I opened a forum?
I have always felt a forum was needed but couldn’t find its place and so I decided a Twitter Chat was the direction to go. After a few months of hosting #AbuseTalk I realised that tweeting was great but it wasn’t for those who don’t want to publicly discuss domestic abuse. It is also restrictive with the character limitations. Thats when I realised that a forum can work alongside the Twitter Chat and offering a register only forum.
I am also delighted to have the forum sponsored by a solicitor which will be announced in the grand opening, our solicitor has agreed to answer questions within the forum on their own thread ‘Ask a solicitor’. This is priceless, to have the opportunity to ask a solicitor when perhaps someone may not have had the ability to do so.
How do I access the new forum?
You can head there right now…
PLEASE NOTE: You will only see the news and updates forum until you are registered, once you are registered you will see the main Abuse Talk Forum appear with all the topics and discussions.
Who is the forum for?
Anyone! Anyone with an interest or passion surrounding domestic abuse.
It can also be for those in the sector like charities, organisations, advocates, bloggers, businesses and more.
Or it can be individuals that want to help, offer guidance, who have gone through abuse or are going through it now.
How much does it cost to be a member?
Its FREE! All you have to do is register at:
There will be a VIP Membership area but that is opening later on, updates will be given and this will be just £10 a year with a bag full of offers, discounts and more. This is you really need that extra security and community.
Sign up for notification of this service here: http://eepurl.com/dor93f
I would like to sponsor the forum, how do I do this?
The forum is open for sponsorship to cover the maintenance and time it takes to moderate the posts.
Anyone can be a silent sponsor for £1 or £3, scroll to the bottom of this page: https://jennifergilmour.com/abuse-talk-twitter/
For businesses/charities/organisations/advocates etc please contact me for availability – email@example.com
Sponsors will receive a unique badge to place on their website and social media to show that they support the forum.
Tell me more about #AbuseTalk…
#AbuseTalk is a Twitter Chat that runs every Wednesday evening 8-9pm GMT. It is open to anyone who wants to discuss domestic abuse.
Each week we have a theme which is there to help the conversation flow through the one hour. You can at any point ask your own questions, reply to others and join in.
Not in the UK? Thats not a problem either, we have people joining in around the world and have adapted the cover photo to display the times in the timezones most used.
Find out more here:
Need to know more?
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or are interested in becoming a sponsor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your time and if the forum isn’t for you – it may be for one of your friends. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men experience domestic abuse in their lifetime.
Video on how to register and see how the visibility of the forum is altered with the registration:
As its been a month since the opening, here’s some statistics for you all.
- 44 users
- 91 posts
- 800+ hits
- Wednesday most popular day for members online
- Appointed solicitor has had many questions and a few new clients, awareness is great. One of the most popular threads.
- Facebook and Twitter equally brought in 250 hits of traffic.
Which means the awareness given and those that share is important for support. I have personally spent a lot of time signposting people for local support over the last month. For some reason people don’t get signposted when they should from whichever service, social services, police, local authorities etc. I have been referring women for support in present problems with their abuser or ex abuser. The forum has aided this movement and given a place of discussion for many as well as the ability to ask a solicitor legal questions.
To give you an idea of the Twitter chat statistics see the below image, this has been running since October 2017. I am incredibly proud of #AbuseTalk and how its functioning, its starting to get the momentum.
And here is what a couple of regular users say about #AbuseTalk…
I hope to keep you updated on the progress of both which run alongside each other nicely. Don’t forget you can join the forum for FREE, you can join in the Twitter chat for FREE. If you feel its something you would like to do there is an availability for sponsorship and you don’t have to have a business.
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