Cerebral Palsy

Often targets of bullying are chosen because they are viewed as ‘different’. Sadly, this means that people with disabilities are among those who are abused in this way.

Cerebral Palsy Guidance is a support network dedicated to providing parents with detailed information on the complex condition of cerebral palsy. This includes information ranging from daily living to medical details (for example, causes, symptoms, treatment, etc.)

The site is also host to a blog that provides valuable insights into the experiences of those with cerebral palsy. It’s well worth a few moments of your time.



Handbook of Dealing with Workplace Bullying


This new guide to dealing with workplace bullying, published July 2015, is aimed at everyone who has to deal with the phenomenon.  The distinguished contributors include:

Tania Maier & Neil Coulson (Canada & UK)

Mark L. Vrooman (USA)

Michael Sheehan (Australia)

Cathy John (UK)

Sheila K. Martin (Ireland)

Sarah Crayford Brown (UK)

Frances Louise McGregor (UK)

David Gibson (Western Europe)

Available online from Gower Publishing, in hardback or ebook formats.

Creating Without Conflict

Republished from JQA – and updated

Alongside the stimulating discussion at BECTU Freelancers’ Fair in early November 2013, Britain’s Got Bullies, a survey was launched across five unions – BECTU, the NUJ,  the Writers’ Guild, Musicians Union and Equity – to investigate how widespread bullying was across the entertainment industry.

795a83d8-1c6e-415c-b5a7-268f4dbf74a9Last year, the Federation of Entertainment Unions (FEU) launched an anti-bullying campaign and the survey Creating Without Conflict represented an important way of gathering evidence. It was not necessary to be a union member to take part – anyone who works in the entertainment, media and arts sectors was able to participate.

Those who took part and shared their views helped to gather information and the survey findings were reported at the FEU conference in November 2013. The researcher Cathy Johns who conducted the study is contributing to a new handbook about workplace bullying. More news soon.


Does bullying really matter?

Republished from JQA


One of my fundamental beliefs in life has always been that people, all people, are created equal and deserve fair treatment. I am passionate about equality and justice and even though I have seen and recorded plenty of examples of unjust behaviour it still distresses me when human beings deliberately mistreat others. As far as I am concerned, abuse of any sort is wrong, and bullying is undoubtedly a form of abuse.

I spent a lot of time researching, reflecting on and writing about workplace bullying, as well as making presentations at academic conferences and seminars before completing my PhD in cultural policy and management at City University, London.

I wrote Bullying in the Arts which was published by Gower Publishing in 2011.

Internet-Marketing-Forum-For the last two years I have engaged in discussions with professional arts practitioners, including Equity members, and academics at the School of Arts at City University and Birkbeck College. I have also had fascinating ‘conversations’ in a number of online groups with other people from a variety of employment sectors who are interested in bullying and harassment.

It seems that 2013 is turning into a year when workplace bullying has been thrust into the limelight here in the UK, not only because of revelations about bullying behaviour and abuse at the BBC, but also because increasingly people in many different employment sectors are refusing to be subjected to the demeaning and destructive treatment that bullying represents.

Google alert newEvery day I receive several bulletins containing news stories about bullying from around the world via Google alerts. I have to restrict the number to 10 alerts on each occasion otherwise my mailbox would be full.

Often I am approached by people who are experiencing bullying in their workplace and don’t know what to do or where to turn for help and advice. I do what I can to point them towards sources of assistance.

Dignity and respect at work should be a fact, not a favour – a right, not a privilege.

Of course, there are those who say: Bullying is everywhere. It’s a fact of life. You’ll never change things – however this kind of defeatist thinking doesn’t make sense to me.

resisting_slaveryFor centuries slavery was widespread – evidence for it pre-dates written records and it was practised in almost every ancient society and civilisation. That didn’t make it right. Now illegal in every country in the world, campaigners are still working hard to combat forms of modern slavery, which sadly still exist in some places, but the point is that the majority of today’s cultures reject it as inhuman and morally wrong.

I feel exactly the same way about oppressive behaviour of any kind and the emerging cause and effect links between childhood bullying, domestic abuse, adolescent violence such as date rape, sexual harassment and workplace bullying have not convinced me otherwise.

images-2That’s why I worked with Bev Morton of  The Art of Possibility to create new workshops on dealing with bullying. In June 2013 we created a safe space in which people could learn more about the issue during a presentation and share as much or as little as they wanted to during the session that followed. To protect personal anonymity, people attending, and the organisations they worked for, were not be named unless they were happy with this.

We are currently evaluating the sessions we conducted – watch this space. If you participated – thank you! You have helped us to learn more about this issue and furthered our work towards a lasting solution.

Cosmopolitan magazine seeks cyberbullying targets

Stop Press: Cosmopolitan magazine is looking for information from people who have experienced cyberbullying. Contact Harriet Stigman via Twitter (@HarrietStig) or email Harriet.stigman@hearst.co.uk).

Social media and workplace bullying: March 2013 update

Bullying in the Arts

Bullying in the Arts

Recently, a friend who had been bullied in a new job was relieved (and lucky!) when the perpetrator left after inflicting 15 months of hell, using isolation and exclusion as their weapons. He’s now joined me and 501 other members on a closed group on the LinkedIn website, Workplace Bullying.

On Facebook I *like* Beatbullying, and so do 62,553 others, as well as Anton Hout’s Overcome Bullying page (571 likes). Lee Hirsch’s documentary Bully is also featured on a special FB page with 188, 973 likes – it has succeeded in reversing the original film rating in the US, so that the young people it should be reaching are allowed to see it.

Over on Twitter, some of the same organisations have a profile, and also look out for @bullyinguk. I’m still new to Google+ and still exploring, but I know that lots of anti-bullying organisations will be set up there too.

If you have any suggestions for a useful discussion forum or online group please let me know and I’ll be sure to include the details.

Coming shortly: For some time I have been planning to write more about cyberbullying. This is a form of bullying that uses text messages, SMS, emails and malicious postings of text, photographs and video on social networking sites. I’m very happy to hear from those who have relevant experiences. Contact me via the JQA website.

Similarities between domestic abuse and workplace bullying

Republished from JQA

Lots of people have contacted me asking about this diagram.  The Power and Control Wheel  was originally developed by the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project in Duluth, Minnesota. When I came across it I was struck by the similarity between the actions it described and some of the features of workplace bullying that I was researching at the time.

The diagram displays the way in which specific attributes of workplace bullying can mirror those of domestic abuse. This particular wheel was developed in response to reports of women abused by men, and thus is not gender-neutral.


In fact, the Duluth Model uses a number of different sorts of wheels to illustrate the issues it deals with day to day.

You can download my version here:

Fig 3- Power & Control Wheel modified

This modified Power and Control Wheel is published by Gower Publishing in the book Bullying in the Arts, and was adapted by the author by kind permission of the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project, Duluth, Minnesota. Please respect copyright and acknowledge sources when using it.