Advice on avoiding GP charges

An article on the website moneysavingexpert.com looks at the plight of survivors of domestic abuse who can be charged more than £100 to get their GP to support their legal aid application - with some paying up to £300. The article includes advice about how to avoid the fees.

Rosa's Woman to Woman fund launched

Rosa, the UK Fund for Women and Girls, has announced the launch of the Woman to Woman fund. With grants of up to £25,000, no fewer than 100 local grassroots women’s organisations across the UK will be supported using funds from the Tampon Tax.

Scrap the fee

Labour MP Tom Watson has started a campaign saying "No GP should charge victims of domestic abuse for a letter they need to access legal aid. It’s unfair. It’s immoral. And it has to stop." You can sign and share the petition here.

National Domestic Homicide Review Case Analysis

This important report was produced for Standing Together and reveals systemic failings in the response to domestic violence murders. It looks at learning from 32 domestic homicide reviews across England and Wales and includes recommendations for different professionals including the police, adult social care, children's social care, health and schools.

More Tampon Tax money to combat VAWG

Comic Relief is to receive a further £3 million fund from HM Treasury for work to combat violence against women and girls. Working to protect, inspire and empower women and girls across the UK is a key strategic priority for Comic Relief. This funding builds on the £3 million fund received from HM Treasury in March 2016 to support organisations across the UK focusing on issues including maternal mental health; girls in gangs; women in sport; women in tech, as well as providing core funding to women’s organisations.

Funding threat to Wearside Women in Need

The Sunderland domestic abuse specialist charity has been told it may lose all its local authority funding from June 2017. Wearside Women In Need has four houses across the city which every year provide a haven for more than 350 vulnerable women and children fleeing their homes.It also has three offices from where it rusn support projects.

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