Facts & Questions for The Star Outside My Window


Following Aniyah’s story, you may want to find out more about how abuse affects women and children.
We encourage you to discuss the following with a parent, teacher or other trusted adult.

1. In England and Wales, the police receive an average of 100 calls per hour from women who are in danger from an abuser (a person who hurts, frightens or tries to control the actions of another person).
What do you think the police should do when they get a call from someone who is in danger of being hurt as a result of Domestic Abuse?

2. It is estimated that 1 in every 4 women in the UK has experienced some form of abuse from a man. That means a quarter of the female population for the whole of the United Kingdom!
Why do you think so many women experience abuse from men in particular? Is there anything you are seeing happen in the world which might suggest that women and girls are treated less fairly than men?

3. Across the UK, at least 1 in 7 children under the age of 18 will have experienced Domestic Abuse either from a man or a woman.
What would you do if one of your friends was living with Domestic Abuse?
In what ways might you try to help them without getting them, or anyone else they may know, into trouble with the person they are afraid of?

4. Around the world, every single day, 137 women are killed by men. This means every year, 50,000 women are taken away from their loved ones, just like Aniyah’s mum was taken away from Aniyah.
What would you do if you were the leader of a country, or a Member of Parliament, to help lower this figure?

5. In the book, Aniyah, her mum, and Noah hide away in a women’s shelter that Aniyah calls ‘the-hotel-that-wasn’t-really-a-hotel’. These shelters exist in the UK, but sadly, more and more of them are being closed by the UK government. This means that there is not enough space to help all the women running away from an abusive person.
If women and children running away from abuse are being told there no shelters / not enough space for them, where might they go?

6. In 2018, the UK government announced it would be investing £28.8 billion in roadworks. By comparison, it promised only £20 million to women’s services – even though their own human computers have calculated that £724million is needed every single year to help keep women’s shelters and services open!
What do you think might happen to women’s shelters if they don’t have any money?
What do you think we could do to help them? 

If you would like to speak to someone about Domestic Abuse that you or a loved one may be experiencing, please do contact the following lovely people…