What the parole board approving John Worboys’ release did not take into consideration

Last week, the High Court was asked to decide whether the Parole Board’s decision to release John Worboys (also known as the ‘Black Cab Rapist’) was lawful and rational. During the two-day hearing we learned the Parole Board based their decision only on the offences Worboys was convicted of. They did not take into account the full extent of the crimes Worboys is thought to have committed – police think he may have raped or sexually assaulted more than 100 women – even though this is in the public domain.

Women's Resource Centre launches Women and Health in the NE survey

Surveys to assess the health of the women’s sector in the North East were conducted annually from 2009 to 2012. The survey was conducted again in 2015 and the findings provided a baseline for the ‘Women’s Commissioning Support Unit pilot in the North East of England. Women's Resource Centre are repeating this survey to give a picture of what changes have taken place in the North East women's sector during the intervening three years. 

Domestic Abuse Bill consultation announced

On International Women’s Day, the 8th March 2018, the Government opened a consultation on the new Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill, offering what Amber Rudd has called a ‘once in a generation opportunity to transform our entire approach’ to domestic abuse. In response, women’s organisations have urged for radical change, challenging the focus on criminal sanctions and sentencing, the continued cuts to service provision, and the importance of recognising the different forms of domestic and sexual abuse as well as their intersections.

Kaleidoscopic Justice Sexual Violence and Victim-Survivors’ Perceptions of Justice

This article proposes a more multifaceted way of thinking about victim-survivors’ perceptions of justice; what we have termed ‘kaleidoscopic justice’. Developed from an empirical investigation with 20 victim-survivors of sexual violence, kaleidoscopic justice understands justice as a constantly shifting pattern; justice constantly refracted through new experiences or understandings; justice as an ever-evolving, nuanced and lived experience.

Getting help to overcome abuse: a quick guide for young people receiving support

The NICE guideline on child abuse and neglect aims to help anyone whose work brings them into contact with children and young people to spot signs of abuse and neglect and to know how to respond. This quick guide, which is written from the perspective of young people who have experienced abuse and neglect, is based on the guideline and explains to young people what they should expect from services.

The guide covers:

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