Change that Lasts being piloted in Northumbria

Women’s Aid, in partnership with SafeLives, is launching a new comprehensive approach and scheme to tackle domestic abuse called ‘Change that Lasts’. Funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Women and Girls Initiative, the scheme will be piloted from 2016 in Northumbria, Nottinghamshire and Surrey to help women experiencing domestic abuse receive support earlier, and help them to achieve long-term recovery and independence.

Co-created support for adult survivors of childhood abuse

The International Centre at the University of Bedfordshire has published learning from their recent evaluation of a project working with adult survivors of child sexual abuse, run by Victim Support in partnership with the National Association of People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC). The project was co-created by a small group of adult survivors of child sexual abuse who worked in partnership with the project facilitators.

How legislation protects women-only services and spaces

This briefing highlights the existence of legal protections for women-only activities, spaces and services to help ensure that these rights are properly understood and to avoid misinterpretation that may threaten their existence. It includes: a summary of what is and isn’t covered by the Equality Act 2010; when discrimination is lawful; women-only associations; when discrimination against women-only events is unlawful and the legal responsibilities of public bodies.

Children in Need needs volunteers for its North Committee

Would you like to help in making decisions on making the best grants to improve the lives of disadvantaged children? BBC Children in Need is the BBC’s UK Charity for children and young people. Its vision is that every child in the UK has a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential. Over the last 36 years, BBC Children in Need has raised and distributed over £800 million to projects working with disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

EVA wins Greatest Impact Award

The winners of the Charity Bank Impact Awards 2016 were announced last night (29th June) at a ceremony at The Mercers’ Hall in London. EVA Women’s Aid, which supports women who have been victims of domestic or sexual abuse and violence and their families in Teeside, won the Greatest Impact Award. In June last year (2015), the charity, based on Redcar’s High Street, opened the UK’s first safe house specifically for victims of domestic and sexual abuse aged over 45.

Professionals views on risk assessment sought

Mark Treloar, a Masters student at Durham University, is looking for professionals who work with domestic abuse victim/survivors to participate in Skype or telephone interviews. He is interested in your thoughts about the positives and negatives of the current Risk Assessment process. Contributors will be anonymous and interviews are expected to last about 20 minutes. This will lead to a written report which Mark hopes will assist his home state of Victoria, Australia, in their upcoming implementation of a tiered risk assessment model.

Home Affairs Committee recommends decriminalisation of sex work

The Home Affairs Committee has published an interim report on it's enquiry into "prostitution". The Committee recommends that the Home Office should immediately change existing legislation so that soliciting is no longer an offence and brothel-keeping laws allow sex workers to share premises.

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