Practitioner views on the impacts, challenges and barriers in supporting older survivors of sexual violence

Despite half a century of research on both sexual violence and elder abuse, the intersection between the two remains largely unexplored. Using theoretical lenses of feminist criminology and critical feminist gerontology this article explores the intersection between age and sexual violence drawing on interviews with 23 practitioners supporting older survivors (aged 60 and over). They reported physical and emotional effects of sexual violence leading to limited lifestyles, disengagement from social networks and reliance on pathogenic coping strategies.

Peer Talk: Hidden Stories

A Participatory Research Project with Women who Sell or Swap Sex in Teeside

A Way Out is proud to have led on this research project, which has produced a detailed picture of how, where and why women sell sex, including issues associated with their personal journey into and out of sex work. A key aim of the project was to inform and shape commissioning and provision of services for a group of women, largely hidden, excluded from society and frequently distanced from the services which could help them to change their lives.

Jobs: Ashiana

Ashiana is looking for a female Anti-trafficking Outreach Worker (37 hours per week, £18,500-£21,000 depending on experience). Ashiana supports Black, Minotiry Ethnic and Refugee clients who have experienced domestic violence or who have been trafficked into the UK for the purpose of sexual exploitation or domestic slavery. Ashiana are recruiting a full-time worker to provide outreach and resettlement support to victims of trafficking who are living in the wider community. The support will be provided to clients living in the North East and the worker will be based in Newcastle.

Jobs: EVA Women's Aid

EVA Women’s Aid (Redcar, Cleveland) is recruiting a qualified IDVA (Independent Domestic Violence Advocate). Full Time, salary £23,000. 

EVA supports women, young people and children affected by domestic abuse/sexual violence. For an application pack, please email Corinna@eva.org.uk.

Think 4 Yourself

Think 4 Yourself delivers bespoke sex and relationship education workshops that empower young people with the information, skills, confidence and resilience to make safe and healthy choices about relationships and sex. These are delivered in assemblies, health days, one off lessons or as courses, in primary schools, secondary schools, youth groups and other organisations across North East England. Workshops are delivered on the following topic areas:

Cafcass and Women's Aid collaborate on domestic abuse research

Research released this week by Women’s Aid and Cafcass finds that 62% of applications to the family court about where a child should live or spend time feature allegations of domestic abuse. The research highlights the significant impact on children who experience domestic abuse, with those in the sample exhibiting a range of responses to their experiences of domestic abuse and other harmful parental behaviours.

Jury concludes unnecessary delays and failures in care contributed to death of Sarah Reed at Holloway prison

The jury at the inquest of Sarah Reed, 32 have concluded unacceptable delays in psychiatric assessment and failures in care contributed to her death. She was found dead with a ligature round her neck on 11 January 2016, while a prisoner at HMP Holloway. She was on remand for over three months solely for the purpose of obtaining two psychiatric reports to confirm whether she was fit to plead, for an alleged offence which took place whilst she was a sectioned inpatient at a mental health unit.

The jury concluded that:

Research Tender: Place-based systems change for women at risk

Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk, exists to ensure that women and girls at risk of abuse, poverty, poor mental health, addiction and homelessness get the support and protection they need. There is a growing body of evidence around place-based systems change. However, there is limited work which takes a gendered approach.

Jobs: Angelou Centre Trustee

At this very exciting time of significant growth, The Angelou Centre is looking for a Treasurer and Management board member to join the existing team to ensure that the Angelou Centre carried out its purposes for the public benefit.  

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