Changes to domestic violence evidence requirements come into effect

This week, the Ministry of Justice announced that as of the 8th January 2018, victims of domestic violence will get more support in taking abusive former partners to court. Changes to evidence requirements in private family law disputes have come into effect. There will no longer be a time limit on abuse evidence, which previously stood at five years. Additionally, the range of documents accepted as evidence of abuse has been widened to include statements from domestic violence support organisations and housing support officers.

Girls are more than twice as likely as boys to experience ‘emotional problems'

Following the publication of a new report about mental health problems in young people aged 11 to 14, Katharine Sacks-Jones, Director of Agenda and co-chair of the Department of Health’s Women’s Mental Health Taskforce says: “New research showing that one in four girls say they experience emotional problems is yet more evidence of a growing mental health crisis among girls and young women. Although the drivers of mental ill health are complicated, we can’t ignore the fact that poor mental health among women and girls is often closely linked to violence an

Women's Aid petition

In October 2017 the Government launched plans for the future of refuge funding in 2020 which Women’s Aid are warning will dismantle the national network of refuges and put the lives of women and children trying to escape domestic abuse at risk. Women’s Aid are issuing an urgent SOS call to Government to rethink these proposals and save refuges, save lives. Find out more about the campaign on the Women’s Aid website, and sign the petition here

Preventing domestic abuse

The NSPCC’s Impact and evidence insights series features a blog by Karen Bateson, Development and Impact Manager, on stopping domestic abuse before it starts. This explains how the NSPCC’s Together for Childhood centres are supporting families to have healthy relationships, which contributes to a long term reduction in all forms of violence.

Source: NSPCC Caspar Alert

Invitation to Tender: Evaluation of “Young, female and forgotten?” project

From 2015-17, we carried out research about young women who are not in education, employment and training (NEET) and economically inactive (EI). These women are not working but not actively looking for work or able to start work quickly. This might be because they have caring responsibilities, for example, or have problems with their health.

Woman to Woman Fund now open

The third round of Rosa’s Woman to Woman fund is now open! With grants of up to £25,000, local grassroots women’s organisations across the UK will be supported using funds from the ‘Tampon Tax.’ In celebration of the centenary of the women’s vote, this round of the Woman to Woman fund will have a renewed focus on leadership and representation and we are particularly interested in funding work that increases women’s representation, skills building and civic engagement.

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