Refuges are not just a bed for the night; they are a lifeline for women and children fleeing from abusive homes. When women arrive at a refuge, they often have nothing but the clothes on their back. One refuge manager told me about a woman who turned up with just her nightdress on, with no identification and a carrier bag filled with her belongings. One woman dead every three days: domestic abuse in numbersNo one chooses to leave their home or their community.
Refuges save lives. Last year, in England alone, they were a lifeline for an estimated 13,000 women escaping domestic violence. These are extraordinary places, hidden in plain sight, where dedicated staff - often survivors themselves - provide emotional and practical support to women fleeing abuse. Often, when women and children arrive, they have nothing but the clothes on their backs, reflecting their desperation and fear.
With local elections just round the corner, we should be bracing ourselves for another worryingly low voter turnout figure. Last year just 31% went to the polls, and the last time there were European elections at the same time as local elections (in 2009), turnout was 34%. It would be surprising if the figure were any higher this year. Yet we know that turnout in this year's Scottish referendum is likely to be significantly higher – maybe as much as 80%. Why is that?
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".