Briefing

Cost of domestic abuse

Hestia has published findings from analysis into the cost of failing to provide support to children exposed to domestic violence. The report, which focuses on the long term costs incurred by the state in supporting children who develop conduct and attention disorders as a result of exposure to severe domestic violence, estimates a potential total cost of between £480 million and £1.4 billion. Read the report On the Sidelines: The Economic and Personal Cost of Childhood Exposure to domestic Violence

Relationships, health and sex education briefing

The NSPCC has produced a CASPAR briefing summarising the Department for Education’s (DfE’s) draft statutory guidance about how Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education should be implemented in all schools in England by 2020. The briefing sets out key points covered in the guidance, including: developing a policy, content, parents’ right to withdraw, whole school approach and safeguarding.

Home Office launches refresh of cross-government Ending Violence Against Women & Girls Strategy

The Home Office has published its refreshed violence against women and girls (VAWG) strategy. The refreshed action plan, which was first launched in 2016, sets out new measures to help protect women and girls. This includes a cross-sector, end-to-end review into how rape and sexual violence cases are handled across the criminal justice system. Other policies among the 54 commitments being made are pledges to:

UK Immigration System Offers Insufficient Protections For Migrant Women Trapped In Abusive Relationships

While domestic violence is not unique to any one community in Britain, research by the charity Safe Lives found that Black, Asian or minority (BAME) victims of domestic abuse, particularly migrant women, are trapped in abusive relationships one and a half times longer than white-British women. Read the full article from the Immigration Advice Service here

Online grooming offences

The NSPCC has released figures which show that there were 5,161 crimes of sexual communication with a child recorded in the 18 months following April 2017 when sexual communication with a child became an offence. Figures show that: there has been an almost 50% increase in offences recorded in the latest six months compared to the same period in the previous year, and a 200% rise in recorded instances of the use of Instagram over the same time period.

Breaking Down the Barriers: National Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence

AVA and Agenda have launched the report Breaking Down The Barriers, with the National Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence. The report warns of devastating consequences for women and their families because they are not able to get the support they need. Time and again the signs of abuse are not picked up by professionals. Too often women are bounced around or even turned away from services. Mothers are particularly let down, with the fear of losing their children preventing them from accessing help.

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