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Justice Secretary announces review of Criminal Injuries Compensation as part of new Victims Strategy

The Justice Secretary has announced a full review of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme (CICS) to ensure it reflects the changing nature of crime and can better support victims. The plans are set out in the first ever cross-government Victims Strategy, launched on Monday 10th September. Read more from Rape Crisis England and Wales

Sexual safety on mental health wards

The Care Quality Commission has published a report sharing their findings and recommendations after reviewing incidents related to sexual safety on mental health wards. In 2017, following concerns raised on an inspection of a mental health trust, the CQC carried out a review of reports on patient safety incidents that staff had submitted through the NHS National Reporting and Learning System. We found that many reports described sexual safety incidents, including sexual assault and harassment.

Jumping through hoops

In 2017, Agenda and AVA published Mapping the Maze, which provided a broad picture of the support that homelessness, substance misuse, mental health and criminal justice services are providing to women. Jumping through hoops: How are coordinated responses to multiple disadvantage meeting the needs of women?  explores the experiences of local areas across the country that are seeking to bring such services together to develop a more coordinated response for individuals facing multiple disadvantage, either using the MEAM Approach

Safe and Equal resource

AVA’s resource, Safe and Equal: A Guide on Young People and Meaningful Participation for the Violence Against Women and Girls Sector is now available to download. This guide aims to provide an overview of the issues to consider when undertaking meaningful participation with young survivors of abuse and multiple disadvantage. The guide is primarily for practitioners working within the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) sector but may also be of use to funders and commissioners.

Domestic abuse victims turning to civil courts because police are failing to enforce law

Last week, The Telegraph reported on how domestic abuse victims are increasingly turning to the civil courts for protection because the police are failing to enforce the law of coercive control. Despite more than 4,200 complaints being made to police last year across England and Wales, less than ten per cent of those cases resulted in prosecutions with even less ending in convictions. Read the full article here

Hestia launch Everyone’s Business

Everyone’s Business is a new innovative cross-partnership programme putting employers at the heart of tackling domestic abuse and providing them with the tools they need to recognise and prevent domestic abuse, be prepared to receive disclosures and actively respond and speedily support employees who are experiencing or perpetrating domestic abuse. To find out more, visit the Hestia website. 

Female genital mutilation (FGM) intelligence sharing agreement

Law enforcement agencies in the UK and USA have signed an intelligence sharing agreement to tackle female genital mutilation (FGM). Signatories including the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), the Metropolitan Police, Border Force, the FBI, and the US Department of Homeland Security have pledged to share intelligence about travel patterns between the UK and US and other parts of the world where victims may be taken for the procedure. Source: NSPCC Caspar Alert

Childcare fees have risen three times faster than wages since 2008 TUC analysis reveals

Fees up by 52%, compared to 17% increase in nominal wages. Families left with £4,700 annual shortfalls even after government support.

Working parents with children under five have seen nursery fees rise three times faster than their wages over the past decade, according to new TUC analysis published today (Monday).

The analysis shows that childcare costs have rocketed by 52% per week since 2008 for families with a full-time and a part-time working parent. Over the same period their wages have gone up by just 17%.

EVAW and members give evidence to MPs about DV Bill

The End Violence Against Women Coalition and Surviving Economic Abuse were amongst those invited to give evidence the Home Affairs Select Committee examining how the Domestic Abuse Bill will address economic abuse and stalking. Women’s groups took the opportunity to tell MPs that the Bill doesn’t go far enough and must tackle violence against women and girls more broadly. They also made the case for measures which increase support and justice for ALL women, and ensure there is a coherent cross-government approach to tackling and preventing abuse.

160,000 UK children seeing domestic abuse in their homes, figures show

Last week, The Independent published a piece on the latest figures regarding the number of children in the UK living in households where they witness domestic abuse. Data published by Women’s Aid shows that while tens of thousands of under-18s witness domestic violence in their homes, provision of support has dropped by 16 per cent since 2010, in what has been described as a “crisis” facing domestic abuse services.

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