Rape Monitoring Group publishes data for 2015/16

The Rape Monitoring Group has this week published 42 local area digests showing how cases of rape are dealt with at all stages of the criminal justice process. These local area digests pull together a range of Home Office/Office for National Statistics, Crown Prosecution Service and Ministry of Justice data on rape. The data released is gathered from different sources, over different timescales.

Modern day slavery victims being failed by British police

Some of up to 13,000 victims of modern slavery in Britain are being “failed” by “chronic weakness” in police responses to their plight, the UK’s Anti-Slavery Commissioner has warned. Kevin Hyland has used his first annual report to issue stinging criticism of a series of police failings which he says could be allowing organised crime groups behind slavery and people trafficking “to act with impunity.”

Key milestones for Halo Project’s safe house and community education programme

The Halo Project Charity is approaching the end of its first successful year operating a BME women only safe house  - a first in the North East.  Established in partnership with the Thirteen Housing Group, it is supported by Big Lottery and HM Forced Marriage Unit. Over 58 victims of Forced Marriage, Honour Based Violence and or Female Genital Mutilation have been successfully supported and resettled back into local communities in the first year by the project.

Anonymous probabtion officer blows the whistle

An anonymous probation officer gives a disturbing insight into how little they are able to do to keep vulnerable women safe. The article lays bare the difference between what is supposed to happen and the level of support that is actually provided - "On an increasing number of occasions I have left the office unsure about a woman’s safety.

Angelou Centre volunteer wins award

A dedicated volunteer at Newcastle’s Angelou Centre for BAME women, Ismahane Motrani, has been named a Point of Light by Prime Minister Theresa May. Ismahane has supported more than 500 BAME women to rebuild their lives after domestic violence, having escaped her own abusive relationship. She coordinates a pioneering peer support network to help abused women facing the challenges of often very strong cultural and family ties.

First statistics on FGM Protection Orders

The Ministry of Justice has released family court statistics for England and Wales in April - June 2016. Between the introduction of Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders (FGMPOs) in July 2015 and the end of June 2016, there have been 77 applications and 68 orders made for a FGMPO.

Comic Relief launches Tech for Good fund

Comic Relief has just launched a very focused fund to support the development of digital projects that meet it's over-arching aims (which include empowering women and girls). Grants of between £15,000 and £46,500 are available, with an additional £3,500 to access additional support. This programme aims to provide the opportunity for not-for-profit organisations who already have some technological capacity to take their digital innovation projects forward. It is looking to fund teams to make a significant digital step forward within four months.

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