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Commonwealth Games 2014 - Two volunteers on how it changed their lives

Who are the queens of crime fiction? Plus how volunteering for the 2014 Commonwealth Games changed two women's lives and advice on how to cope with angry and aggressive teenagers.

A year ago today the Commonwealth Games opened in Glasgow. It was the largest sporting event ever held in Scotland with nearly 5 thousand athletes from 71 countries and territories competing in 18 different sports. The success of the games relied on thousands of volunteers to help the events go smoothly Two of the volunteers Rebecca Smith and Jane McLaughlin tell us how volunteering twelve months ago for the Games has given them a whole new perspective on their lives.

What would you do if your teenager became violent towards you? Aggression and physical abuse are hidden issues that many parents are afraid to talk about for fear of being labelled bad parents. Advice on how to cope with angry and aggressive teenagers.

Who are the Queens of Crime fiction? Kicking off a new series looking at some of the top women writers, we talk about the Golden Age of crime fiction and its influence today

Plus as the Insolvency Service's annual figures show that for the first time the individual insolvency rate for women is higher than for men. We hear one woman's experience of filing for bankruptcy and look at what's behind the increase.

Presenter Jenni Murray
Producer Beverley Purcell.

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Teenagers Who Are Physically Violent Towards Their Parents

What would you do if your teenager became violent towards you? Aggression and physical abuse are hidden issues that many parents are afraid to talk about for fear of being labelled bad parents. Over a 12 month period, the parenting and family support charity Family Lives received nearly a thousand calls regarding incidents of verbal abuse, and over 300 calls, concerning physical violence towards females in the home. Family Lives trustee and Relate-trained counsellor Suzie Hayman speaks to Jenni about how to cope with angry and aggressive teenagers.

Women & Insolvency

The Insolvency Service’s annual figures have shown that while the total number of insolvencies decreased last year, for the first time the individual insolvency rate for women is higher than that of men. We hear about one woman’s experience of filing for bankruptcy, and speak to Louise Brittain of R3, the trade body representing insolvency practitioners, and to an expert in personal insolvency at Wilkins Kennedy  about some of the reasons behind the increase.

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Commonwealth Games In Glasgow - One Year On

A year ago today the Commonwealth Games opened in Glasgow. It was the largest sporting event ever held in Scotland, with nearly five thousand athletes from 71 countries and territories competing in 18 different sports. The success of the games relied on thousands of volunteers to help the events move smoothly. We sent our reporter Leanne Coyle to meet Jane McLaughlin and Rebecca Smith – whose lives changed as a direct result of their experiences as volunteers at the games.

Queens Of Crime – The Golden Age Of Crime Fiction

Who are the Queens of Crime fiction? Kicking off a new series looking into women in the genre, we talk about the golden age of crime fiction and its influence today. Joining Jenni are the BBC’s Harriett Gilbert and crime writer Natasha Cooper.

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Presenter Jenni Murray
Interviewed Guest Harriett Gilbert
Interviewed Guest Natasha Cooper
Interviewed Guest Suzie Hayman
Interviewed Guest Louise Brittain
Producer Beverley Purcell

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  • Thu 23 Jul 2015 10:00

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