Reaching and supporting older victims of domestic abuse

Safer Lives data shows that older victims experience abuse for twice as long as those aged under 61, on average, before seeking help. Nearly half have a disability. Yet older clients are hugely underrepresented among domestic abuse services. It is focusing on older victims in the first of its Spotlights series which includes information and free webinars.

New round of Fresh Ideas Fund

The Fresh Ideas Fund is a grant programme developed and funded by Northern Rock Foundation to enable VCSE organisations in the North East to explore opportunities to develop new earned income streams in order to improve long term sustainability. It may also help them increase their impact and grow in size.

Police force starts recording misogynistic hate crime

Nottinghamshire Police has said it will expand its hate crime categories to include misogynistic incidents. This means abuse or harassment which might not be a crime can be reported to and investigated by the police, and support for the victim put in place. Nottingham Women's Centre said it hopes it will help give more victims the courage to report incidents.

Change that Lasts being piloted in Northumbria

Women’s Aid, in partnership with SafeLives, is launching a new comprehensive approach and scheme to tackle domestic abuse called ‘Change that Lasts’. Funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Women and Girls Initiative, the scheme will be piloted from 2016 in Northumbria, Nottinghamshire and Surrey to help women experiencing domestic abuse receive support earlier, and help them to achieve long-term recovery and independence.

Co-created support for adult survivors of childhood abuse

The International Centre at the University of Bedfordshire has published learning from their recent evaluation of a project working with adult survivors of child sexual abuse, run by Victim Support in partnership with the National Association of People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC). The project was co-created by a small group of adult survivors of child sexual abuse who worked in partnership with the project facilitators.

How legislation protects women-only services and spaces

This briefing highlights the existence of legal protections for women-only activities, spaces and services to help ensure that these rights are properly understood and to avoid misinterpretation that may threaten their existence. It includes: a summary of what is and isn’t covered by the Equality Act 2010; when discrimination is lawful; women-only associations; when discrimination against women-only events is unlawful and the legal responsibilities of public bodies.

Children in Need needs volunteers for its North Committee

Would you like to help in making decisions on making the best grants to improve the lives of disadvantaged children? BBC Children in Need is the BBC’s UK Charity for children and young people. Its vision is that every child in the UK has a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential. Over the last 36 years, BBC Children in Need has raised and distributed over £800 million to projects working with disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

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