HMIC wants views of domestic abuse practitioners

Every year Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), who are responsible for independently assessing police forces and policing in England and Wales, carry out a PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) inspection of all 43 forces. In 2016 the effectiveness element of this will take place from September to November 2016. 

Increased fees for civil orders and injunctions

From Monday 25 July there will be a change to fees charged in connection with certain civil proceedings in the courts and tribunals. These changes affect a number of the fees charged in the civil courts and within civil proceedings in the Magistrates’ Court. In addition there will be changes to the fees charged in the Property Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal, Immigration and Asylum Chamber (Upper Tribunal)(Judicial Review) and in the Employment Tribunals.

Vera Baird calls for compulsory PHSE

In her new role as Chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, Vera Baird QC is calling for the Government to make PHSE compulsory in all schools. She notes the dramatic escalation in reports of both child sexual exploitation and child sexual abuse and argues that good sex education is a key element to prevent the abuse and exploitation of future generations.

Award winning Key Change available to book in December

Open Clasp's multi award-winning production Key Change is now available to book for December 2016. "I didn’t expect what I saw.  I was overwhelmed and brought close to tears a few times. I am a woman who has been a victim of domestic violence and I am elated at your efforts in this cause." Woman in HMP Low Newton, UK

Sisters Uncut meeting in Newcastle

Sisters Uncut Newcastle is having its first public meeting at 6:30pm on Wednesday 3rd August. It says “We are organising in Newcastle in response to the dangerous cuts to domestic violence services here in the North East that disproportionately affect women. Newcastle Women’s Aid is due to close in October after 44 years of invaluable service.”

Second debate on funding for supported housing but still no clarity

Government has announced there will be no decision on LHA caps or future funding of supported housing until "early in the autumn”. This Wednesday, for the second time in two weeks, the House of Commons debated the issue of the future funding of supported housing and the LHA caps, following an Opposition Day motion. Paul Anderson of Homeless Link blogs about the latest development, or lack thereof.


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