Unequal, trapped and controlled

This new report, launched this week, examines women’s experiences of financial abuse and the potential implications for Universal Credit. Women’s Aid and the TUC wanted to find out more about women’s experiences of financial abuse and the potential implications for Universal Credit. They conducted focus groups and an online survey with women survivors of domestic violence to find out more about their experiences and the impact that financial abuse had on their lives. Key findings:

New VAWG standards launched.

The Violence Against Women and Girls Sector Shared Core Standards have been developed by the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Sector Sustainability Working Group, formed in 2013 by Imkaan, Rape Crisis England & Wales, Respect, SafeLives and Women’s Aid to promote the sustainability of specialist independent, local organisations within the VAWG sector. These five national organisations are recognised for developing the following areas of specialist expertise:

Group work for survivors of sexual violence

Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland will be running a group work programme in 2017. There will be one group in Gateshead and two groups in Newcastle. All groups are for women, aged 16 and over, who have experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives.  The groups offer you the opportunity to come together in a women-only safe space to:

·         Explore how society’s attitude towards sexual violence has affected you

·         Learn and practise positive coping strategies

Fed up of shouting at the news?

Maybe you should be commentating on it instead. The BBC are looking for female experts who'd like to appear on air as contributors to BBC programmes.  The BBC Academy in conjunction with BBC News is holding a free media familiarisation day for women with particular expertise who are interested in appearing on television, radio and online as contributors or presenters.

New online tool to help advise destitute families

A new web tool, produced by NRPF, has been launched to support advisers working with destitute migrant families. A new online tool to help local authority practitioners and voluntary sector advisers’ work out support options for destitute families with no recourse to public funds has been launched this week. This new web tool aims to help local authorities to make best use of reduced and scarce resources in order to adhere to statutory child safeguarding duties, by:

Disrespect NoBody campaign

The Home Office has published a number of posters in support of the Disrespect NoBody campaign, which helps young people to understand what a healthy relationship is.  A campaign brief, which provides further information on support resources, is available by emailing. The posters are available here.

Your help needed to 'Map the Maze'

Do you provide services for women experiencing multiple disadvantage? AVA and Agenda have been funded to map services across England and Wales that are specifically for women experiencing multiple disadvantage. Multiple disadvantage is defined as being affected by a combination of problematic substance use, mental ill-health, homelessness and/or involvement with the criminal justice system.

What works for women facing multiple disadvantage?

Agenda, an alliance of more than 70 organisations campaigning for women and girls at risk, and AVA (Against Violence and Abuse) are working together to map what service provision there is for women across the country. In the first stage of the project, they have reviewed the evidence on what works to support women facing multiple disadvantage. The predominant message, that regardless of the type of service, it is how support is delivered that is key to engaging with this vulnerable group of women. Key elements include:

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