Young Women's Film Academy Festival of Film - inviting submissions

Film submissions are invited from female film makers in the North East who would like to screen their films in a supportive environment, curated by the Young Women's Film Academy who are a group of girls and young women aged 12-25 years.

Films of any genre, up to 15 minutes in length that have been made by and for women in the North East, suitable for an audience aged 12+ should be submitted by email to the following email address: 

Sexual harassment of women and girls in public places inquiry

The Women and Equalities Committee launches a new inquiry into sexual harassment of women and girls in public places. The Committee held a one-off evidence session on women's experiences of everyday sexism and sexual harassment in December 2017, following the emergence of widespread allegations in the UK and US about sexual assault and harassment across a wide range of sectors.

Identifying the factors that facilitate women who have experienced sexual assault to attend their cervical smear test

Royal Holloway University and the My Body Back project have launched a study to understand more about what factors may be related to how often women who have experienced sexual assault intend to and do attend their cervical smear. This is with the hope to inform support for those who do not regularly attend. The study is all based online, and will take approximately 20-40 minutes to complete and involve a few questionnaires. No personally identifiable information will be asked of you so your data will be stored with a participant ID number.

SafeLives practitioner survey 2017

Four years ago, following a request from the Home Secretary, SafeLives started carrying out an annual survey of domestic abuse professionals around the country. This year they’ve expanded the survey to include not only Idva but also Outreach services and specialists working with young people (which some services refer to as Young People’s Violence Advisors or Ypvas). SafeLives know that the best response is one which provides the right service at the right time, tailored to your specific situation, whether you’re 17 or 70. They felt the survey should reflect that.

HMIC Survey of Domestic Abuse Practitioners 2017

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) is conducting an online survey, asking domestic abuse practitioners about their experiences of the service provided by police over the previous 12 months to inform the PEEL Effectiveness inspections they are undertaking this autumn. 

HMIC have asked that survey is not be completed by police officers or police staff, it is intended to be completed by practitioners who work for organisations that provide support to victims of domestic abuse. The survey is currently live and will close at midnight on Friday 8th September 2017.

Cleveland PCC: Sexual Abuse Services Consultation

The Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner together with NHS England are in the process of jointly commissioning the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) and Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) provision for victims of sexual abuse across the Cleveland area. They have developed two short surveys to gather feedback from victims/survivors and professionals in order to ensure that the services commissioned meet the needs of victims and survivors of sexual violence and abuse across the Cleveland area.

New guidelines on intimidatory offences and domestic abuse

The Sentencing Council has published proposed new guidelines for how people convicted of intimidatory offences and offences involving domestic abuse should be sentenced. The intimidatory offences guideline covers harassment, stalking, disclosing private sexual images, controlling or coercive behaviour, and threats to kill.  The domestic abuse guideline covers all offences which occur within a domestic context such as assault, sexual offences or criminal damage.

Durham Domestic Abuse Scrutiny Panel

Ron Hogg, Durham Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner (PCVC) is establishing a Domestic Abuse Scrutiny Panel. The Durham PCVC Domestic Abuse Scrutiny Panel will work with Durham Constabulary to improve performance in the investigation of domestic abuse cases and improve the services offered by the Police to victims of domestic abuse. It should also provide a real benefit to improve the community’s confidence in the police to deal with such serious incidences and therefore increase reporting. The Panel will be independent of the Police.

Your help needed to 'Map the Maze'

Do you provide services for women experiencing multiple disadvantage? AVA and Agenda have been funded to map services across England and Wales that are specifically for women experiencing multiple disadvantage. Multiple disadvantage is defined as being affected by a combination of problematic substance use, mental ill-health, homelessness and/or involvement with the criminal justice system.


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