Operation Sanctuary sentencing update

On the 7th September five men were jailed for offences including rape and conspiracy to incite prostitution as the sexual exploitation sentencing hearing entered its third day.

Updating taxi laws

The Local Government Association (LGA) has announced support for the Licensing of Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Safeguarding and Road Safety) Bill 2017-19, to update taxi and public hire vehicle (PHV) laws to reflect new technology and to help reduce the risk of child sexual exploitation.

Jobs: EVA Women's Aid (Redcar, Cleveland)

EVA Women’s Aid (Redcar, Cleveland) is recruiting a part-time Schools Project Support Worker. EVA supports women, young people and children affected by domestic abuse/sexual violence. They are looking for a Support Worker to join their enthusiastic, motivated and busy team! You must hold a current full UK driving license and have access to a vehicle to apply for this post. For an application pack, please email Corinna@eva.org.uk.  CVs will not be accepted.

Closing date: noon, 21 September 2017

Interviews w/c 25 September

Time to introduce a domestic abuser register, says Assembly

On the 7th September the London Assembly unanimously agreed a motion urging the Mayor to write to the Home Secretary calling for the introduction of a register for those convicted of domestic abuse or related offences. The Assembly recommends that the system could work in the same way as the sex offenders’ register, allowing police to hold information on perpetrators in order to better protect survivors.  

'Upskirting' could be made a criminal offence in England and Wales

The government is considering outlawing the sexually intrusive practice of “upskirting”, the justice secretary has told MPs, as reported in The Guardian this week. David Lidington’s comments are the first indication that ministers are examining the need for legislation to ban people secretly photographing underneath a person’s clothing without their consent in England and Wales. Taking such surreptitious pictures – often on crowded buses or trains – has been widely condemn

SafeLives practitioner survey 2017

Four years ago, following a request from the Home Secretary, SafeLives started carrying out an annual survey of domestic abuse professionals around the country. This year they’ve expanded the survey to include not only Idva but also Outreach services and specialists working with young people (which some services refer to as Young People’s Violence Advisors or Ypvas). SafeLives know that the best response is one which provides the right service at the right time, tailored to your specific situation, whether you’re 17 or 70. They felt the survey should reflect that.

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