Stop planned changes to funding for women's refuges

Immediately halt dangerous planned changes to the way that women's domestic abuse refuges are funded, as they could put women's and children’s lives at risk.

Work with Women's Aid and other partners to ensure that the national network of women's refuges is given a model of funding that will protect services in the long term.

Why is this important?

New government funding plans threaten to dismantle our life-saving national network of refuges and put the lives of women and children trying to escape domestic abuse at risk.

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

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.

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

Victims bring crowd-funded legal challenge to Parole Board decision to free Worboys

Two victims of the 'black cab rapist' have launched a legal challenge to the Parole Board, insisting women won’t be safe if Worboys is released. A crowdfund has been started to support the victims’ legal costs. Worboys’ victims, known as DSD and NBV, are calling on the public to back their challenge via crowdfunding site CrowdJustice

Source: EVAW

Beamish Museum to celebrate International Women’s Day, 8th, 10th and 11th March

Beamish Museum is celebrating IWD this year, with the chance to join in with Suffragette rallies in The 1900s Town at 11am and 2pm each day, as well as learn about the role of women in the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s in the different areas around the museum.

In The Pit Village school visitors can also make a rosette in suffragette colours and on Saturday, 11th March there will be the singing of women’s songs.



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