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On 5th June 2018, The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) published the outcome of its review of rape and serious sexual offences (RASSO) cases. In January the CPS announced its senior prosecutors were assessing all cases in England and Wales in which someone had been charged with rape or serious sexual assault. More than 3,600 cases were looked at to ensure that disclosure was being managed effectively.
Rape Crisis England & Wales (RCEW), along with partners including the End Violence Against Women (EVAW) Coalition (of which it is a member), has expressed serious concerns about the failure of the CPS to consider the impact of disclosure practice on victims and survivors. At a time when reports of rape and serious sexual offences to the police are at an all-time high, and the number of cases being charged and reaching court are not increasing anywhere near proportionally, RCEW questions why excessive focus is being placed on a technical issue that affects, by the CPS' own calculations,
Victims of sexual abuse will receive a lifetime of mental health care to help cope with the trauma, NHS England has announced. The Strategic direction for sexual assault and abuse services - Lifelong care for victims and survivors: 2018 - 2023 outlines how services for victims and survivors of sexual assault and abuse, in all settings of the health and care system, need to evolve between now and 2023. It sets out six core priorities that NHS England will focus on to reduce inequalities experienced:
Sign up to the new Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland e-bulletin here.
This report from Women's Aid and Queen Mary University of London looks at domestic abuse and child contact proceedings in the family courts through the lens of human rights. It is based on the testimonies of 72 women survivors living in England. It uncovers a glaring gender gap in the way human rights are used and understood in the family courts. It also highlights a clear lack of understanding of the dynamics of domestic abuse, and new evidence of gender discrimination within the institutional culture of the courts.
Characteristics of women who have been victims of partner abuse, in support of the Sustainable Development Goal 5 and the aim to end violence against women and girls.
My Sister’s Place is recruiting a Domestic Abuse Outreach Support Worker. Permanent, pay Scale NJC-SCP 26 (30 hours) or job share for the right candidate. Closing date Thursday, 21st June 2018 12:00. As part of the Police Transformation Fund, Route2 is implementing part of a ‘whole systems approach’ to domestic abuse. They are seeking an assertive outreach worker to join their small team committed to tackling domestic abuse.
The charity Karma Nirvana on average receive 22 reports every week from children and young people concerned about a forced marriage, however, despite legislation introduced in June 2014, convictions have been rare until this week when we saw two prosecutions in the space of one week. Read the full piece by Anup Manota.
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