Briefing

Victory for Forced Marriage Victims: Southall Black Sisters

The government has announced its decision to stop charging forced marriage victims for their repatriation. Southall Black Sisters said: “We welcome this u-turn by the government: its shameful practice of charging forced marriage victims for their freedom was always an abuse of those who are the most vulnerable amongst us, invariably young, isolated, and destitute. Recovering costs for repatriation from perpetrators is a stance we also fully support.

Women’s Aid responds to Amber Rudd’s speech on Universal Credit and the two child limit

Sian Hawkins, Head of Campaigns and Public Affairs at Women’s Aid, said: “We are relieved that the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP, has listened to our concerns and taken the decision to not go ahead with plans to apply the “two child limit” to all families making new Universal Credit claims. We called for the roll out of the two child tax credit limit policy to be urgently halted because we knew it would be dangerous for survivors of domestic abuse.” Read the full response here

Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland Co-CEO awarded MBE

Congratulations to Sue Pearce, CEO of Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland (RCTN), who has been nominated for a Member of the British Empire (MBE) Award for her work with women who have experienced sexual violence. Sue Pearce said “I have had a very rewarding career at RCTN and I never anticipated it would be topped by such an accolade.” See the Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland website for the full press release

Women's Mental Health Taskforce report

The Women’s Mental Health Taskforce – chaired by Minister Jackie Doyle-Price and Katharine Sacks-Jones, Chief Executive of women’s charity Agenda – has set out its key principles for gender and trauma-informed care in its final report. The taskforce was set up in 2017 to tackle evidence of deteriorating mental health among women and poor outcomes experienced by those using support services.

Women’s Aid and survivor campaigners mark the third anniversary of the coercive control legislation coming into force

The 29th December 2018 marked the third anniversary of the coercive control legislation coming into force in England and Wales. An estimated 1.3 million women experienced domestic abuse last year alone and the police recorded over half a million domestic abuse-related crimes in the year 2017/18. Yet the police recorded just 9,053 coercive control offences in 2017/18 and less than 300 offenders were convicted for this crime in England and Wales during 2016 and 2017. See the Women's Aid press release

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