Ben Hoare Bell DV/VAW Roundup from Cris McCurley

Domestic Abuse Bill

On 25 and 26 February I will be at the UN in Geneva for the UK CEDAW enquiry to discuss access to justice and the new Domestic Abuse Bill. You can read my analysis of the Bill on the Legal Action Group Magazine.

Inspirational Women of the Law

Don't miss this inspiring and entertaining evening event at Newcastle University on 14 March.

Police fail to use bail conditions

Last week, a Times article reported that police have drastically reduced use of bail conditions on men accused of rape and domestic abuse. Suspects are instead being interviewed under ‘voluntary attendance’. EVAW member The Centre for Women’s Justice are compiling a ‘super complaint’ in relation to this practise and the ongoing risk posed by these individuals. Find out more

Middlesborough Council consultation

Middlesborough Council have launched a consultation on the approach to commissioning services for people with needs around homelessness, domestic abuse, and sexual violence. Take part here

Government proposes new guidance on taxi licensing to protect passengers

The Government has today (12th February 2019) launched a consultation on new rules for licensing authorities outlining how they should use their powers to protect passengers in taxis and minicabs from harm. These guidelines are intended to improve safety with enhanced safety standards for taxi and private hire vehicles, which will be consistent across the country. New safety measures proposed include recommending councils ensure every driver undergoes enhanced criminal record and background checks.

FGM Direct Work Toolkit

The National FGM Centre has developed a toolkit to help social workers carry out direct work with families and girls at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM), or who have undergone FGM. The toolkit provides plans for sessions aimed at children aged seven and older with separate activities for parents, carers and young people. An infographic showing the potential health consequences of FGM has also been published. Source: NSPCC Caspart Alert. 

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