NE Women’s Network’s Violence against Women and Girls programme has three main priorities:
1: Support the women’s sector to provide the best possible services for everyone who has suffered as a result of male violence. We pledge to ensure that all girls and women including those with a disability, from a BME background, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, young and old woman have access to and benefit from the services provided. Pledge will work with the women’s sector to improve and enhance the services to achieve the best possible outcomes for women and girls.
2: NE EVAWG will work with external voluntary and statutory services to ensure that women and girls who report violence are not re-victimised by the legal and criminal justice systems and to benefit from these services rather than experience further suffering as a result of accessing them. Pledge aims to engage, support and inspire organisations working with girls and women.
3: NE EVAWG will lobby to support and extend service for girls and women. As reports of violence against girls and women increases worldwide, funding for and support of the services to tackle this violence are decreasing. We pledge to ensure that girls and woman have access to the services they need when they need them.
February 2016 Newsletter
Women’s Aid has published a new report Nineteen Child Homicides. The report tells the stories of the cases of nineteen children, all intentionally killed by a parent who was also a known perpetrator of domestic abuse. These killings were made possible through unsafe child contact arrangements, formal and informal. Over half of these child contact arrangements were ordered through the courts. Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said “There is a misguided belief within the family courts and among judges that, because a relationship has ended, so has the domestic abuse. Survivors frequently report to us that they and their children are re-victimised and traumatised by their abusers, even after separation, through the family court process. This trauma makes it extremely difficult for the non-abusive parent to advocate clearly and effectively for the safety of their child. In the criminal courts, there are protection measures in place to give victims fair access to justice. This is not the case in the family courts. For example, it is common for victims of domestic abuse to be cross-examined by the perpetrator. This must end.The desire by the family courts to treat parents in exactly the same way, and get cases over with quickly, blinds them to the consequences of unsafe child contact. As the report shows, these consequences can be fatal. The culture of, ‘contact with the child, no matter what’, must end.” To read the report go to https://1q7dqy2unor827bqjls0c4rn-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Child-First-Nineteen-Child-Homicides-Report.pdf
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The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Méndez is drafting his upcoming report with a main focus on addressing the torture and ill-treatment of women and girls. This is an opportunity for individuals and groups to submit statements to inform his upcoming report.
The Persons Against Non State Torture group have put together a couple of pages describing what needs to happen next if you would like your comments to be included in this update – see attached below. All submissions in before the end of January so that they have the best chance of being included before the report is presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in March 2016.
Fresh Ideas Fund
Up to £50,000. Deadline 5th February 2016
The Fund is looking for ideas that will help applicants explore new ways of generating income and, by doing so, achieve greater sustainability and impact. The fund will provide organisations with grants to establish whether their ideas are feasible, pay for expert advice and cover start-up costs. The aim is to help them to produce the evidence they need to secure the support and investment to make their ideas happen.
The fund is open to registered charities, CICs (limited by guarantee only), CIOs and community benefit societies working in the areas of:
- Financial inclusion and debt and poverty reduction
- Health and social care
- Mental health provision
- Domestic violence and sexual exploitation
- Support for refugees and asylum seekers
- Offender rehabilitation
- Reducing unemployment and regeneration of deprived communities
The Fund will be running two rounds this year and are particularly keen to get good quality applications from County Durham and Tees Valley. For further information go to http://www.communityfoundation.org.uk/freshideas
Henry Smith Charity North East Fund
£3,000 – £10,000. Registered charities. Deadline 17th February 2016
This is the final year of the Fund and there will be two rounds with £75,000 available for each round.
This Fund supports projects that benefit communities experiencing disadvantage and deprivation. Applicants must have been operating for a minimum of two years and have an average annual income over the past two years of less than £250,000. Grants are available for projects of up to one year’s duration and can be used for revenue and/or capital funding (but not as part of a large appeal). For more information go to http://www.communityfoundation.org.uk/10873-grant-programmes-open-for-the-new-year-henry-smith-charity-north-east-fund-and-comic-relief-local-communities
Lloyds Bank Foundation
Registered charities / CIOs (income £25k – £1m). Deadline 4th March 2016.
The Foundation has re-opened its main grants programmes for applications. The aim of these programmes is to support projects that help people over the age of 17* who are experiencing multiple disadvantage at one of the critical points in their life. Grants are made through two programmes:
Invest – longer term core or delivery funding for charities that meet the programme aim and are delivering clear outcomes as a result of their work. Funds core organisational costs (including running costs and salaries) and costs associated with the direct delivery of work. Grant amount: £10,000 – £25,000 per year for 2-6 years.
Enable – shorter term grants to strengthen charities that meet the programme aim, helping them to deliver their mission more effectively. Funds development costs (e.g. staff training, business and service developments, development of monitoring systems, etc). Grant amount: Up to £15,000 for 1-2 years.
For further information go to http://www.lloydsbankfoundation.org.uk/
Walk on Fire for Rape Crisis. On Thursday 18 February 2016, Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland will hold a Firewalk to raise much needed funds. For further details go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/firewalk-for-rape-crisis-at-crowne-plaza-newcastle-tickets-19102779929