Fatima Project Launch

11 Jul 2016 - 13:30
Mercure County Hotel Neville Street Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5DF

Capacity building resources for work on Honour Related Violence

The Fatima Project is an EU-funded piece of work bringing together agencies from across the UK, Sweden, Greece and Portugal to increase the capacity within ethnic minority NGOs relevant for work against Honour Related Violence (HRV,) in order to elevate the problem of HRV from the individual level to the group level. The UK agencies involved include the North East's Angelou Centre.

Durham to pilot Children's House for victims of child sexual abuse

The BBC reports that the Children’s Commissioner for England is urging police and crime commissioners to use “children’s houses” to help victims of child sexual abuse. In this Icelandic system, a child is taken to the Barnahus within a week of an abuse allegation being made and interviewed once by a trained psychotherapist while a judge, police, prosecution and defence lawyers watch via video link. The child can receive counselling straight afterwards.

Participants wanted for research on Justice and Gender Based Violence

A small experienced group of researchers from Bristol and Cardiff Universities are currently researching what types of justice victims/survivors of different types of gender based violence (including domestic and / or sexual abuse, forced marriage and so-called ‘honour’-related abuse) access, want, and get.

North East FGM Partnership Board

At the last NEEVWAG Network meeting Yasmin Khan (Director of the Halo Project) talked about the work of the recently formed North East FGM Partnership Board. The Board brings together professionals working across all aspects of FGM, including health, social care, housing, justice and victims/survivors services. The Board has met twice and has already identified several gaps in provision and is developing concrete plans to address them. If you are interested in getting involved please get in touch.

Safeguarding adult victims of domestic abuse?

Attendees at the NEEVAWG Network meeting in Middlesbrough last week discussed the requirement in the 2014 Care Act which gives adult safeguarding teams the duty to "prevent harm, stop abuse, support adults in making choices and having control about how they want to live etc." Good guidance for teams has been produced and there may be an opportunity to ensure that women receive better support from adult social care.

My Sister's Place seeks your views

My Sister’s Place is seeking the views of partner agencies about their service and referral process. The survey will take just a few minutes to complete and your views will be help to improve services.

Who can assist with Destitution Domestic Violence consession

The Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) has confirmed that a level 1 adviser may provide advice and assistance with applications for a Destitution Domestic Violence Concession. The OISC regulates the provision of immigration advice in the UK and requires anyone providing immigration advice which is specific to a person's matter to be registered, unless they are a solicitor or barrister registered with the appropriate regulatory body.

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