Female genital mutilation ‘parties’

The BBC reports on the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) ‘parties’ which involve a specialist midwife being brought to the UK and performing FGM on several girls at the same time, finishing with a celebration. The Black Health Initiative in Leeds says midwives from Africa are being flown into the country to carry out the illegal practice. West Yorkshire Police said they were aware girls were being subjected to FGM locally.

Police must act to prevent sexual expolitation by officers

A report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary finds that police forces are good at treating people fairly, but that they have to take urgent action to root out the sexual exploitation of victims. HMIC’s Legitimacy inspection examined the extent to which forces treat people with fairness and respect, the extent to which they ensure their workforces act ethically and lawfully, and the extent to which those workforces themselves feel they have been treated with fairness and respect by the force.

Your views sought about safe work with perpetrators

National organisation Respect is reviewing its Standard for services working with perpetrators of domestic abuse. It has held consultation events in Edinburgh, Cardiff, Newcastle and London.  If you weren’t able to attend these consultation meetings, you can complete the online survey and encourage colleagues to do the same. Respect wants to make sure that the next version of the Standard supports safe and effective practice in all work with perpetrators across the UK. 

Experiences of survivors of child sexual abuse

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has published a report containing anonymised summaries of some of the experiences of victims and survivors of child sexual abuse (CSA) who have spoken to the Truth Project. The Truth Project provides a safe environment for people who have experienced CSA to share their experiences, sometimes for the first time.

CSE in the night-time economy

Barnardo’s has published an independent evaluation of Nightwatch, a pilot designed to increase awareness of child sexual exploitation (CSE) among businesses of the night-time economy (NTE) by providing advice, support, training and guidance. Findings include: localised approaches were shown to be effective in increasing awareness of CSE; adopting a friendly, non-judgemental, strength-based approach results in ‘buy-in’ from NTE workers; support structures for practitioners dealing with unexpected disclosures from NTE workers are needed.

One in 10 recorded crimes is domestic abuse

Incidents of domestic abuse, mostly involving violent attacks on women, make up one in 10 crimes recorded by the police and account for one-third of all reported violent crimes, according to the latest Office for National Statistics research. In the year to March, 1.2 million women and 651,000 men were victims of domestic abuse, according to the Crime Survey for England and Wales. The overwhelming majority of incidents (78%) involved violent attacks.

Your views needed to save Sunderland refuges

Wearside Women in Need report that Phase 2 of Sunderland City Councils budget consultation can now be completed. They ask supporters to click on the link , go to page 3 of the consultation, click and read the attached information (section 5.17) and then leave your comments/response to this on the last page of the consultation.

 

Tampon Tax Fund

In the Autumn Statement 2016 the Chancellor announced the 2017/18 Tampon Tax Fund.  This year the fund is inviting charitable, benevolent and philanthropic organisations across the UK to bid into one or two categories. The first category seeks proposals to address violence against women and girls.  The second category is open to proposals from organisations that work to improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls.  For further information and to apply for the fund go to this webpage.  The deadline for applications is 27 January 2017.

Durham landlord gets domestic abuse accreditation

A Durham landlord has been accredited for its commitment to supporting those affected by domestic violence. Durham City Homes is the first landlord in the region to be recognised by the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) – a partnership between Gentoo, Peabody and Standing Together Against Domestic Violence. This six-month improvement programme has seen the landlord’s approach to the issue scrutinised, including looking at service delivery, policies and procedures, risk management and employee training.

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