Who does what to whom

This research, published in June 2009 and based on data fromNorthumbria Police gives fascinating insight into the differences between male and female perpetrators of domestic abuse.

Brexit and domestic abuse – opportunities for change?

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Domestic Violence met in September 2016 to discuss the impact of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union (EU) on the domestic violence field. The meeting highlighted that the UK’s exit from the EU creates both threats and opportunities for reform in the fight against domestic violence and other forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG) - and for women’s equality more widely.

Schools ignoring sexual harassment can be sued by girls

School leaders and governors are exposed to legal challenges from girls who are being sexually harassed and abused – Government guidance to schools is also unlawful. A leading coalition of UK women’s organisations has this week published a report which finds that schools are acting unlawfully when they do not take action to tackle sexual harassment and sexual assaults and are exposed to legal challenges by girls and their families.

Showing survivor journeys into, and out of, refuge

Women’s Aid data has been used as part of a MSc project by Nissa Ramsay to create a data visualisation map of the journeys women have made into refuges in London from 2015-2016. 1165 journeys are represented on a new website.

Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, welcomes the website. She said:

Social enterprise seeks board members

Changing Relations is looking to recruit a Management Board that can support us in shaping the strategic direction of the company. We are keen for our Board to be made up of those with experience and expertise in: Education, the Arts, Health, Social Science Research, the Women’s Sector and the Voluntary & Community Sector. We are particularly (although not exclusively) interested in those based in the North East, since this is where we are based. This would be a voluntary role and you would not be expected to take on any day-to-day responsibilities of running the company.

Taking back control: The health, mental health and well-being benefits of accessing Rape Crisis counselling 

Rape Crisis Centres have provided support to survivors of rape and other forms of sexual violence in England and Wales since the late 1970s. However, the last decade has seen sustained funding difficulties and there is little research to demonstrate their impact (particularly on outcomes).  This action research project developed and piloted a tool called the ‘Taking Back Control’ tool that measures the impact of Rape Crisis counselling over time. The research team believed this to be the first study of its kind. 



From Report to Court: Rape cases and the criminal justice system in the North East

This research was commissioned by the Northern Rock Foundation to examine progression of individual cases relating to rape through the criminal justice system, from reporting to conviction, across three police force  areas in the North East of England. The study came about due to concerns within the criminal justice sector in  the region that little is known about the detailed pattern of progression, attrition or related criminal justice system practice in rape cases. The full report is also ava

Domestic violence perpetrator programmes: Steps toward change

Project Mirabal was a major research project which lasted from 2009 to 2015. Professors Liz Kelly (London Metropolitan University), Nicole Westmarland (Durham University), and Charlotte Watts (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) were funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Northern Rock Foundation to investigate the extent to which perpetrator programmes reduce violence and increase safety for women and children, and the routes by which they contribute to coordinated community responses to domestic violence.


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