United Nations committee finds UK women still can't access justice

The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) Commission has published its findings after reviewing the UK Government’s submission on the impact of legal aid cuts on women affected by violence. The Committee finds some improvements but "notes the persistence of serious obstacles that still hamper effective access to justice by all women.".

The Committee recommends that, in its next periodic report due in July 2017, the Government provides information on further actions taken to: 

New child support system unsafe for survivors

Women's Aid and Gingerbread have joined together to warn that the Government’s new system for allocating child support is putting survivors of domestic abuse at rissk. In an article in the Independent the charities said the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) was both not safe for survivors of domestic abuse and could also see them missing out on payments they were entitled to. The CMS began to replace the Child Support Agency in 2012 but the charities say that serious problems have begun to emerge since it was set up, leaving it “not fit for purpose.

New funding for services in Redcar

EVA Women's Aid is to receive a £484,700 grant from the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund, for its Supported Housing Project. This project will provide support services and accommodation for women affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence many of whom have complex needs such as mental health or drug/alcohol issues.

Sexual violence and harassment in schools: New report from parliament

A new report by the Women and Equalities Committee exposes the shocking scale of sexual harassment and sexual violence that is not being tackled effectively in English schools. The Committee Chair, Maria Miller, has called on the Government to use the new education bill make sex and relationships education a statutory responsibility.

The report outlines evidence that:

Your force, your priorities - PCC Vera Baird launches public consultation on policing and crime

Vera Baird, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria says “In 2012 when I was first elected as PCC for Northumbria I talked to local people to understand what their priorities were around policing and crime.  I used this information to set out the five priorities in my first Police and Crime Plan which are:

•Putting Victims First

•Dealing with Anti-Social Behaviour

•Domestic and Sexual Abuse

•Reducing Crime

•Community Confidence

Powerful new film advocating for SRE in schools

As most children and young people head back to school this week, the Everyday Sexism Project and the End Violence Against Women Coalition launched a powerful new short film with a shocking message on the consequences of the failure to ensure every young person receives good Sex & Relationships Education (SRE) at school.

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