Stop the Silence Campaign - Petition

The Stop the Silence Campaign asks the UK government and media to end the silence on the ongoing abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  The Congolese people continue to experience rape, the use of child soldiers and murder. 

This abuse is supported by the corrupt government, power in the country must change hands but the latest election is the another in a series of failures in democracy. 

Please sign to ask the global community to break the silence 

Victory for Forced Marriage Victims: Southall Black Sisters

The government has announced its decision to stop charging forced marriage victims for their repatriation. Southall Black Sisters said: “We welcome this u-turn by the government: its shameful practice of charging forced marriage victims for their freedom was always an abuse of those who are the most vulnerable amongst us, invariably young, isolated, and destitute. Recovering costs for repatriation from perpetrators is a stance we also fully support.

Women’s Aid responds to Amber Rudd’s speech on Universal Credit and the two child limit

Sian Hawkins, Head of Campaigns and Public Affairs at Women’s Aid, said: “We are relieved that the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP, has listened to our concerns and taken the decision to not go ahead with plans to apply the “two child limit” to all families making new Universal Credit claims. We called for the roll out of the two child tax credit limit policy to be urgently halted because we knew it would be dangerous for survivors of domestic abuse.” Read the full response here

NSPCC: Government must recognise children as victims when living with domestic abuse

Department for Education figures for 2017/18 show domestic abuse was a factor in 246,720 child protection assessments across England - more than half of all child protection assessments, where factors were identified, during that period. The government are yet to publish the outcomes of last year's consultation on domestic abuse. Their proposed new definition of domestic abuse only refers to the effects of abuse on those aged 16 and over, leaving younger children unrecognised by the justice system.

Domestic abuse consultation: Scotland

The Scottish Government has opened a consultation seeking feedback on how policy to protect those at risk of domestic abuse might be developed. Proposals include a new protective order banning perpetrators from their homes to keep people at risk safe. The consultation calls for feedback on whether the police and courts should be able to bar perpetrators of domestic abuse from approaching or contacting any children living with the person at risk. The consultation closes on 29 March 2019. Source: NSPCC Caspar Alert

Coercive control: Impacts on children and young people in the family environment: Literature Review

It is recognised that coercive control is a key feature of abusive relationships. It is therefore essential that the conceptualisation of coercive control and the impact it has on the whole family is recognised and understood. This review, written by SafeLives – a national charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse for good – is concerned in particular with coercive and controlling behaviour within the context of public and private law proceedings.

 

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