Mental health services not meeting women's needs

Mental health services across England are not adequately considering the needs of female mental health patients, according to the results of a Freedom of Information request released by Agenda. As it launches its Women in Mind Campaign, the charity reports that only one NHS Mental Health Trust, out of 35 who responded, had a women’s mental health strategy. In every other trust, there was no strategy explicitly recognising women’s mental health needs.

The Sun v The Guardian

Academics at University of Herefordshire have looked in detail at how two of our newspapers report on domestic abuse over a ten year period. Whilst the results aren't exactly surprising they remind us of what we are up against when trying to change the culture around domestic abuse.

Domestic abuse and change resistant drinkers: preventing and reducing the harm

AVA and Alcohol Concern have released joint guidence and research on Domestic abuse and change resistant drinkers: preventing and reducing the harm. The guidance is based on lessons learnt from a review of Domestic Homicide Reviews where alcohol was involved. It highlights how domestic violence should be better understood and explored as a reason why individuals may not engage with alcohol treatment. The guidance has been written for all services supporting people affected by alcohol and domestic abuse and aims to:

New research and guidance on domestic abuse and change-resistant drinkers

AVA and Alcohol Concern have released joint guidence and research on Domestic abuse and change resistant drinkers: preventing and reducing the harm. The guidance is based on lessons learnt from a review of Domestic Homicide Reviews where alcohol was involved. It highlights how domestic violence should be better understood and explored as a reason why individuals may not engage with alcohol treatment. The guidance has been written for all services supporting people affected by alcohol and domestic abuse and aims to:

Police to get training on coercive control

Victims of coercive control are the focus of a new police pilot being run by the College of Policing to support officers to spot the signs of someone who is being controlled by their partner. Coercive control may be the most high-risk form of domestic abuse where perpetrators exert almost complete control over a victim's life, leading to greater long-term physical and psychological injury.

Campaign for UK to ratify Istanbul Convention

MPs, activists and VAWG specialists are calling on the UK Government to ratify the Istanbul Convention, otherwise known as the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, which is the most comprehensive legal framework that exists to tackle violence against women and girls. The Convention sets minimum standards for governments to meet when tackling violence against women and when a government ratifies the Convention, they are legally bound to follow it.

New commissioners sought for Equalities and Human Rights Commission

The Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities wishes to appoint one or more Commissioners to the Equality and Human Rights Commission. The role of the Commissioners is to set a clear strategic direction for the Commission and drive continuous improvement in its performance. The closing date for applications is 18th October 2016. For further details go to the Cabinet Office website.

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