Women & Violence


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

 As 2016 get underway there are a number of interesting reports launched:
 ​Professor Sylvia Walby and her team at University of Lancaster have been unpicking data from the British Crime Survey. By counting all incidents of violence reported to the survey, rather than implementing a cap at five incidents, Walby finds that whilst violence against men is in decline, violence against women started to rise after 2010. For further information see this article http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jan/13/hidden-rise-violent-crime-growth-violence-against-women and for the full report go to http://bjc.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2015/12/31/bjc.azv131.full.pdf

Agenda: the alliance for women and girls at risk published research this week which finds around 1.2 million women in England are living with the impact of  ‘extensive’, lifelong physical and sexual abuse and violence. The report, Hidden Hurt, shows that one in twenty women in England has experienced repeated, serious physical and sexual abuse both as a child and an adult and it documents the long-term harm to their physical and mental health. The report finds three quarters (75 per cent) of those women are receiving no mental health treatment and warns that without proper support, women who have experienced this kind of abuse have very difficult lives. The report notes that in many areas, there are no specialist services for women with mental health problems, addictions, or who are homeless.
Agenda is warning that many of the non-specialist services women turn to don’t have the knowledge or resources to respond appropriately to the violence they have experience and is calling for better funding of specialist services for women who have experienced extensive abuse, as well as more recognition of these issues in mainstream services. For further information see this article http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/health/12-million-women-in-england-have-been-physically-or-sexually-abu/ and to read the research go to http://weareagenda.org/hidden-violence-blighting-womens-lives/

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

The Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) is a partnership between Gentoo, Peabody and Standing Together. They are working to transform the housing sector’s response to domestic abuse through an accreditation process which assesses individual housing providers and supports them to improve their practice. For further information see the guidance attached below.

Apna Haq is holding a conference Ending the Silence: Raising awareness of CSE in Asian communities in Rotherham om 26th February 2016. For further information go to http://thewomensresourcecentre.org.uk/ending-the-silence-conference-apna-haq/?Ref=enews&utm_source=WRC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=6671327_January%202016%20WRC%20e-news&dm_i=4DW,3YZMN,2E03VA,EC7DY,1

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Domestic Violence is meeting on Wednesday 27 January 2016 between 4pm and 6pm in Committee Room 11 in the Palace of Westminster. It will be held as a Parliamentary Hearing on the subject of domestic abuse, the family court, and child contact and will be a crucial opportunity to hear a range of contributions on domestic abuse and the family court from legal professionals, academic experts, practitioners and survivors of domestic violence. A short report on the findings of the Hearing will then be written, with a view to publish in Spring 2016.
Please RSVP to appg@womensaid.org.uk

Safe Lives

is holding it’s annual conference on 24th February in central London. For further information and booking go tohttp://safelives.org.uk/training/safelives-conference-2016

Walk the Walk is a national conference on sexual violence with a stellar line-up including Professors Marianne Hester and Liz Kelly, together with psychotherapist Zoe Loderick and speakers from Australia and Ireland, and from the National CSA Inquiry team. This subsidised event is on 12th February in York – to book go to http://eventbrite.co.uk/ and search for Walk the Walk.

In response to the findings from this week’s report, Women’s Aid has launched a campaign Child First to promote safe child contact and to improve the practice of the family courts. For further details go tohttps://www.womensaid.org.uk/launch-of-nineteen-child-homicides-report-child-first-campaign/

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:

  • Homelessness
  • 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


West End Women and Girls Centre is advertising five full and part-time posts – for details see the document attached below.

Northern Initiative on Women and Eating (NIWE) is seeking a Counselling and Therapy Services Manager (part-time) for further details go to http://niwe.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=572ede66e4d3ad87fdb1f64cb&id=3d9c7565ef&e=7eac4740bd

For more info about NEEVAWG Network contact
Cullagh Warnock
Regional Co-ordinator
North East End Violence Against Women and Girls Network (NEEVAWG)
c/o The Angelou Centre
17 Brighton Grove
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE4 5NR ·
07595 280 401