Empowering women to be safe online

This week, Women’s Aid launched a new guide to empower women to stay safe online. The guide by Women’s Aid and Facebook provides advice to help women and girls understand the risks and tools needed to protect themselves and stay safe on social media. The guide has a lot of helpful tips – from how to report something that is abusive, to stopping an intimate, private or sexual image from being shared online. It aims to help women take greater control of their own safety on Facebook, whilst staying connected to the people and causes they care about. 

LASPO 4 years on: Law Society Review

Four years ago, the then government implemented the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). Hundreds of thousands of people who were eligible for legal aid on 31 March 2013 became ineligible the very next day. Four years on, the Law Society has conducted a review of the legal aid changes introduced under the act. This review concludes that: 

Mental health in prisons

Government does not know how many people in prison have a mental illness, how much it is spending on mental health in prisons or whether it is achieving its objectives. It is therefore hard to see how Government can be achieving value for money in its efforts to improve the mental health and well being of prisoners, according to the report by the National Audit Office.

Domestic violence and abuse legislation announced in Queen's speech

This week the Government's committments to tackle violence and abuse were announced in the Queen's speech. Proposals included an outline of the Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill and measures to end the cross-examination of victims in court. The measures were welcomed by women's organisations including Women's Aid, EVAW and Agenda, who have committed to working to ensure new legislation is effective and that survivor's voices are heard. 

Jobs: Changing Lives

Changing Lives is looking for a part-time Women's Community Hub Coordinator, temporary contract (maternity cover) estimated 9 months, commencing mid-September 2017. 18.5 hours per week, £23,028 pro rata. Based in Newcastle - responsible for covering Sunderland/Gateshead areas and across Northumbria wide as required.

Sex Work and Sexual Exploitation training with Changing Lives

Changing Lives is offering a one-day training course for staff and volunteers from voluntary, statutory and independent agencies within Tyne and Wear whose work may bring them into contact with adult men and women who may be involved in sex work, ‘survival sex’ and/or subject to sexual exploitation. The course is £50 per person. 

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