Briefing from GEM for debate on On-Line Abuse

The Centre for Gender Equal Media (GEM) at Durham University is a newly established think tank generating evidence and policy ideas to work towards a gender equal media.

Sharing learning from CSE services

The Alexi Project shares learning from a Hub and Spoke model, which is being used to extend the reach of specialist child sexual exploitation services (the Hubs), by placing Spoke workers into new local authorities, or into new towns or rural areas within their own local authority. This England-wide initiative grew out of best practice developed by Barnardo’s SECOS project – based in Middlesbrough. North East specialist services SECOS and SCARPA (Children's Society) have been at the forefront of this development.

Rape Crisis and Georgina Campbell help young survivors break the silence on rape

In the last 12 months, approximately 25,500 rapes have been reported by young survivors under the age of 16. Rape Crisis has launched a series of short films to help explain the criminal justice system for young rape survivors. BAFTA winning actress Georgina Campbell is helping Rape Crisis launch #BreakTheSilence a campaign aimed at helping explain and demystify the criminal justice system for teenage girls who have experienced rape, and empower them to speak out.

Survey of counselling services for women

The purpose of this survey is to find out what counselling and listening services exist for women in the NE combined authority areas (Co. Durham, Gateshead, Northumberland, Newcastle, North Tyneside South Tyneside and Sunderland) and where the potential gaps are. The information collected will be used to inform discussions about the possible development of a partnership or consortia around the delivery, development and sustainability of women's listening and counselling services.

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.

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