Refuges under threat again

The proposed new funding model for supported housing threatens the future of domestic abuse refuges, warns the national domestic abuse charity Women’s Aid. The Government consultation on the new model closes. The new model lists specialist domestic abuse refuges as ‘short-term accommodation’, and will bring back the LHA cap for refuges too, reversing the exemption from the cap only recently agreed. It ignores the specialist nature of refuge services for women and children, and could force many to close.

Powerful film for young people about coercive control

Northumberland Domestic Abuse Services (NDAS) a Northumberland based independent charity, have been working with Raw Productions, a London based media organisation, to produce a powerful and emotive brand new film that focuses on young people’s struggles with coercive and controlling relationships. These behaviours are not currently as widely understood or discussed in the public sphere as physically violent relationships. The video is now on the NDAS website.

Probation reforms driving up the number of women in prison

The number of women in prison is in danger of rising as new threats place further pressure on an already beleaguered prison system, according to a new briefing published by the Prison Reform Trust. A sharp rise in the number of recalls to custody; increasing use of suspended sentence orders; and the continued decline in the number of community orders risk more women ending up behind bars.

Anti-FGM campaign launched

The Red Triangle Campaign has been launched to mark the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. A partnership between the National Police Chiefs’ Council and Freedom Charity, this encourages people to provide the police with information that can help detect and prevent FGM in the UK and abroad.

Child sexual abuse prevention toolkit

The Lucy Faithfull Foundation has published a free online toolkit to help prevent children and young people from being sexually abused. Eradicating child sexual abuse (ECSA) is designed be used in any part of the world, and enables professionals to: understand child sexual abuse; see solutions that others have used around the world; design a local plan that fits their needs.

Call to ban the term 'honour' is misguided

In a statement on its website Southall Black Sisters, veteran campaigners and providers of support ot victims of volence and abuse, say: "We understand the good intentions behind the attempt made by Nusrat Ghani MP in her Private Members Bill to ban the term ‘honour’ from official documents in respect of ‘honour’ killings or ‘honour-based violence. But the move is misguided.

Are you good with figures?

Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland (RCTN) is looking for a women to join as Deputy Treasurer to the Board of Trustees. We are a feminist organisation.  We work to end victim blaming and rape culture which enables sexual violence to take place and go unpunished.   We also provide vital services for women who have experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives. We are looking a woman who has some experience of financial management who is interested in being trained to become the organisation’s Treasurer. You will assist the Treasurer to:

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