Reaching out to LGB and/or T survivors of Domestic Violence and Abuse

At the NEEVAWG meeting this month Professor Catherine Donovan talked about what we know about lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and/or transgendered people's experience of abuse in their intimate relationships, focusing specifically on where they go to seek help. Catherine has kindly shared the slides from her presentation. The two pieces of research she references are now available in the publications section of the NEEVAWG website.

Domestic Abuse: Learning from case reviews

The NSPCC has produced a summary of risk factors and learning for improved practice around families and domestic abuse following analysis of all serious case reviews undertaken since 2011. The learning from these reviews includes the need for professionals to engage with men living in the family home, whilst also making sure they see the mother alone. Professionals need to keep in mind the impact on children of living with domestic violence.

Your views sought on access to legal aid

Following successful legal challenges, Government recently amended the evidence requirements for victims of domestic abuse seeking legal aid in private family cases. The Ministry of Justice is now working with the Law Society, the Legal Aid Practitioners Group, Resolution and Rights of Women to gather more information about the existing arrangements and how they operate in practice.

Legal Aid Reforms and Women's Access to Justice

We have just added this new report from Women's Resource Centre to our publications section. A shadow report for the UN's CEDAW executive, it tells you eveything you need to know about women's access to justice across the UK in just 12 pages. Hear campaigning North East solicitor (and one of the report's authors), Cris McCurley, discuss the current state of women's access to justice at the next NEEVAWG Network meeting in September.

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