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Domestic violence and abuse: help from DWP

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has produced a guide for domestic violence and abuse victims about the services and support they offer. This includes special conditions for:

  • Housing Benefit
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Universal Credit
  • The benefit cap
  • Removal of the spare room subsidy
  • Discretionary Housing Payments
  • Migrant partner support
  • Child maintenance

Developing bystander responses to sexual harassment among young people

In 2014 the Fundamental Rights Agency found that sexual harassment was the most prevalent form of violence against girls and women, across the 28 EU member states. A promising new approach to the prevention of sexual harassment is targeting young people as bystanders, inviting them to notice and intervene in sexual harassment situations.

SafeLives Guidance: Domestic abuse practitioners giving evidence in court

Due to the police’s requirement to record third party evidence, and as practitioners are increasingly based within remote locations - such as hospitals and police stations, where they may be witnessing domestic abuse incidents or evidence of abuse - they may be increasingly asked to make third party reports or statements to the police. In some cases, this could lead to a summons or request to give evidence in criminal court. SafeLives has produced guidance for domestic abuse practitioners giving evidence in court

Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland: 40th Anniversary Firewalk

This year, Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland is 40 years old! RCTN have a whole year of fundraising events planned, including a FIREWALK! They are thrilled to host their THIRD firewalk this March 2018 after such a fantastic response from you all in 2016 and 2017. Join them at The Assembly Rooms, Newcastle-upon-Tyne on 27th March for a night to remember! It is £25 to do the firewalk and entirely free to watch - so bring your friends and family for moral support!

Girls are more than twice as likely as boys to experience ‘emotional problems'

Following the publication of a new report about mental health problems in young people aged 11 to 14, Katharine Sacks-Jones, Director of Agenda and co-chair of the Department of Health’s Women’s Mental Health Taskforce says: “New research showing that one in four girls say they experience emotional problems is yet more evidence of a growing mental health crisis among girls and young women. Although the drivers of mental ill health are complicated, we can’t ignore the fact that poor mental health among women and girls is often closely linked to violence an

Women's Aid petition

In October 2017 the Government launched plans for the future of refuge funding in 2020 which Women’s Aid are warning will dismantle the national network of refuges and put the lives of women and children trying to escape domestic abuse at risk. Women’s Aid are issuing an urgent SOS call to Government to rethink these proposals and save refuges, save lives. Find out more about the campaign on the Women’s Aid website, and sign the petition here

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