Domestic abuse survivors ‘falling through the cracks’ as system leaves them in ‘cycle of homelessness’

'If the government really wants to cut rough sleeping, it needs to try and root out domestic violence,' Labour MP Neil Coyle told The Independent last week. Domestic abuse victims are "falling through the cracks" into a spiral of homelessness while perpetrators regularly escape punishment, a report has warned. The study warns that vulnerable people are being failed by support services, as a shortfall in refuges and council housing them leaves them sleeping rough to escape violence. Read the full article here

Safe at Home: The case for a response to domestic abuse by housing providers

New research by SafeLives and Gentoo looks at the vital role housing providers can play in the response to domestic abuse. Every year, nearly two million people in the UK experience domestic abuse. Seven women a month are killed by a current or former partner in England and Wales. Yet thousands of victims do not get the right support at the right time, with SafeLives research showing that 85% of victims seek help five times on average before they get effective help. 

EVAW: Submission to House of Commons Justice Select Committee Inquiry into the disclosure of evidence in criminal cases

The End Violence Against Women Coalition (EVAW) has produced a submission to the House of Commons Justice Select Committee Inquiry into the disclosure of evidence in criminal cases. EVAW states: We welcome this inquiry which we believe is urgent, following the recent media ‘furore’ concerning the apparent collapse of criminal cases related to poor disclosure practice. It is already established that current concerns around disclosure in criminal cases, in particular of digital evidence, relate to policy, practice and resources across all or most crime types.

Review of Open Clasp’s Rattle Snake at Soho Theatre

"Coercive controlling domestic abuse may not sound like a good subject to turn into an entertainment for the masses. When the play is based on real life stories from women that have suffered and survived such abuse, then it starts to sound even less like something I would want to see. However, being nothing if not professional, I went along to the Soho Theatre to see Open Clasp’s production Rattle Snake." Read the full 5* Review here

Jobs: Safe in Tees Valley

Safe in Tees Valley (SITV) have been commissioned by NHS England to develop and deliver a new north east SARC-support service to assist all victims of sexual offences that engage with the Teesside, Durham, Newcastle and Sunderland SARCs. SITV is looking to recruit ‘Out of Hours’ Crisis Workers.  Applications are invited for immediate vacancies in the Durham, Newcastle and Sunderland SARC areas. See the Job Advert for further information. 

The independent review of the Mental Health Act: Interim Report

This independent review of the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA) was commissioned by the government in October 2017. Our terms of reference ask us to make recommendations for improvement in relation to rising detention rates, racial disparities in detention, and concerns that the act is out of step with a modern mental health system. We were asked to look at both legislation and practice, with recommendations extending to England in relation to matters that are devolved in Wales (including health), and England and Wales in relation to non-devolved matters (including justice). 

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