Shout-Up! Newcastle

This weekend, 8 new venues from Newcastle joined Shout-Up! as Ambassador venues. Shout-Up! asks everyone to adopt a zero-tolerance approach to sexual harassment, making our bars, pubs and clubs safer places for women and men. Shout-Up! was conceived by Newcastle City Council's Safe Newcastle, Crystlsd and Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland and launched in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 2017.Teams from all venues have received training, participated in workshops and are committed to creating sexual harassment-free zones in our city.

Women's Groups tell Education Secretary: Sex Education plans will fail girls

A leading Coalition of women’s organisations has written to Education Secretary Damian Hinds MP saying that the Government’s ‘Relationships and Sex Education’ proposals are poor and will fail girls unless significantly amended and joined up to other school policies. Women’s groups fear that if implemented the proposed ‘Relationships and Sex Education’ statutory guidance will be a missed opportunity to ensure schools are part of efforts to end and prevent abuse of women and girls. Read more on the End Violence Against Women Coalition website. 

Bill to reduce restraint becomes law

The Mental Health Units (Use of Force) bill has been given Royal Assent and is now law. Jemima Olchawski, Chief Executive of Agenda says: “We are extremely pleased that this vital law aimed at reducing restraint has passed. It has the potential to change lives and may even save them. Our research shows that women and girls are restrained at disproportionate rates – with an alarming number dying after being restrained.

High Court Strikes Down Home Office Decision to Cut Support for Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery

On the 8th November 2018, The High Court declared the decision of the Home Office to cut weekly benefits to asylum seeking victims of trafficking by over 40% – from £65 to £37.75 per week – to be unlawful. More than 1,000 victims of trafficking were affected by the cut that was unilaterally implemented by the Home Office without consultation with the affected victims or their support providers. More information here

Save Our Services Campaign: Northumberland Domestic Abuse Services

Northumberland Domestic Abuse Services will close at the end of March 2019 if funding cannot be found to allow the charity to continue. NDAS has launched an awareness and fundraising campaign and are looking for people from across Northumberland to say why NDAS is an important service and what the potential impact would be if NDAS closed its doors. Find out more about the campaign here

Rape Crisis & other women's rights groups call on MPs to back Abortion Bill

On 23rd October 2018, Members of Parliament will have the opportunity to vote on a Ten-Minute Rule Bill to take abortion out of the criminal law in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. This is a key measure for protecting the right to access abortion services, particularly for women in abusive or controlling relationships. The End Violence Against Women Coalition, the Fawcett Society, Imkaan, Rape Crisis England & Wales, Southall Black Sisters and Women’s Aid Federation of England support this bill and ask MPs to vote in favour.

IPSO: Dignity for Dead Women

Level Up has launched a campaign for a new Editor’s Code to uphold victims’ dignity in media reporting on domestic violence deaths. Responsible reporting can improve public understanding of domestic violence, help victims and their families seek justice and help women at risk access support. Sign the petition here. IPSO is the largest press governing body in the UK, and it's time they introduce guidelines on reporting domestic violence deaths:

A full review of the treatment of rape in the justice system is needed

In response to the publication of the CPS’ annual Violence Against Women and Girls report, 20 signatories – including representatives of Equality Now, the End Violence Against Women Coalition, Southall Black Sisters and Rape Crisis – in an open letter to The Guardian, said the fall in rape charges gave “enormous cause for concern when added to [the Guardian’s] investigations”. The letter calls for an independent, end-to-end review of the treatment of rape in the justice system. Read the full letter here

Rape Crisis and Women's Aid reach stretch target in CrowdJustice campaign to challenge two-child tax credit limit

On Friday 31st August 2018, Rape Crisis England & Wales and Women's Aid closed their joint crowdfunding campaign having raised £20,250 from 900 supporters. The amount raised will support the two specialist violence against women and girls (VAWG) charities as they pursue a legal challenge against the cruel and discriminatory two-child tax credit limit.


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