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The Government has launched this consultation as part of its commitment to end domestic abuse and to improve and expand services to meet the needs of those experiencing abuse and violence.
The Prime Minister, Home Secretary and the Justice Secretary have launched a consultation on domestic abuse, seeking new laws and stronger powers to protect and support survivors as well as how to allocate some of the £20 million funding for domestic abuse services that was announced a year ago.
Survivors of rape need and deserve many things in the aftermath of this uniquely devastating crime, and the chance to receive justice for what happened is certainly one of them. What they do not need is for the devastation they have already experienced to be compounded by the very system which is supposed to protect them. Blog post by Rape Crisis Scotland exploring the impact of the Criminal Justice process on survivors.
Women’s Aid and a number of other leading women’s organisations joined together to write a letter in response to the Government’s consultation on the Domestic Abuse Bill:
On 12th March 2018, Rape Crisis Scotland published an open letter following the Crown Office’s policy review regarding the approach to reluctant rape complainers in rape cases, which Rape Crisis Scotland believe will cause further harm to survivors.
Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland, in partnership with Mindful Therapies are inviting women survivors of sexual violence to help them develop aMindfulness Tool for Survivors. This will be a self-help tool that women who have experienced sexual violence can use for free. Women will be able to use the mindfulness tools created independently of services, either on the internet or via CDs or memory sticks. For more information visit the Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland website.
The Community Foundation’s Women’s Fund is now open for applications. The Women’s Fund supports women-only projects in Tyneside and Northumberland with grants of up to £3,000. Applications must clearly demonstrate how they help women overcome their gender disadvantage, and beneficiaries should be over 18. The closing date for applications is Thursday 12th April 2018.
SafeLives Insights data indicates that bisexual women are particularly vulnerable when experiencing domestic abuse, especially in terms of mental health. Ruth and Collette from SafeLives sat down to discuss their experiences as bisexual women, and the difficulties that bi women face when accessing domestic abuse services. Listen to the latest Podcast here.
Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland is currently recruiting for the Helpline and Email Support Volunteer role. For more information about the role and training schedule, visit the Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland website.
Revellers are being urged to look out for the signs of sexual harassment while enjoying a night out on Newcastle’s famous Diamond Strip. Shout-Up! – a campaign to make Newcastle’s pubs, club and bars sex pest free zones – launched in the Ouseburn area of the city in December. And now the initiative is back for Easter, this time targeting Collingwood Street’s buzzing venues. Read the full article featured in The Chronicle last week.
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