Changes to domestic violence evidence requirements come into effect

This week, the Ministry of Justice announced that as of the 8th January 2018, victims of domestic violence will get more support in taking abusive former partners to court. Changes to evidence requirements in private family law disputes have come into effect. There will no longer be a time limit on abuse evidence, which previously stood at five years. Additionally, the range of documents accepted as evidence of abuse has been widened to include statements from domestic violence support organisations and housing support officers.

Professionals views on risk assessment sought

Mark Treloar, a Masters student at Durham University, is looking for professionals who work with domestic abuse victim/survivors to participate in Skype or telephone interviews. He is interested in your thoughts about the positives and negatives of the current Risk Assessment process. Contributors will be anonymous and interviews are expected to last about 20 minutes. This will lead to a written report which Mark hopes will assist his home state of Victoria, Australia, in their upcoming implementation of a tiered risk assessment model.

North East FGM Partnership Board

At the last NEEVWAG Network meeting Yasmin Khan (Director of the Halo Project) talked about the work of the recently formed North East FGM Partnership Board. The Board brings together professionals working across all aspects of FGM, including health, social care, housing, justice and victims/survivors services. The Board has met twice and has already identified several gaps in provision and is developing concrete plans to address them. If you are interested in getting involved please get in touch.

Safeguarding adult victims of domestic abuse?

Attendees at the NEEVAWG Network meeting in Middlesbrough last week discussed the requirement in the 2014 Care Act which gives adult safeguarding teams the duty to "prevent harm, stop abuse, support adults in making choices and having control about how they want to live etc." Good guidance for teams has been produced and there may be an opportunity to ensure that women receive better support from adult social care.

Addressing Financial Abuse

Citizen's Advice Bureau has produced a framework to help banks, other creditors and advice providers challenge financial abuse in intimate partner relationship. People who are prevented from managing their own finances by an abuser can suffer serious and long-term consequences. As well as complicated financial problems, they are often at risk of other forms of violent, sexual and psychological abuse. Financial abuse is not very often disclosed and not well understood.  It can also be difficult for victims to get the help that they need.

Agenda call for Advisory Group members

Agenda and AVA, with support from the Barrow Cadbury Trust, are undertaking a mapping exercise to establish the extent to which specialist services for women facing multiple disadvantage exist in different sectors and locations across England and Wales. They are looking for people with expertise in this area to form an advisory group to guide and inform this work. This will involve attending 3-4 meetings in the May-September period and one towards the end of the project (early 2017) and helping to shape the project’s outputs via email.


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