Government consultation open on Draft Domestic Abuse Bill and £20 m in Funding

The Government has launched this consultation as part of its commitment to end domestic abuse and to improve and expand services to meet the needs of those experiencing abuse and violence.

The Prime Minister, Home Secretary and the Justice Secretary have launched a consultation on domestic abuse, seeking new laws and stronger powers to protect and support survivors as well as how to allocate some of the £20 million funding for domestic abuse services that was announced a year ago.

Mindfulness Tool for Women Survivors

Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland, in partnership with Mindful Therapies are inviting women survivors of sexual violence to help them develop a
Mindfulness Tool for Survivors. This will be a self-help tool that women who have experienced sexual violence can use for free. Women will be able to use the mindfulness tools created independently of services, either on the internet or via CDs or memory sticks. For more information visit the Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland website

SafeLives latest Podcast: Bisexual women and domestic abuse

SafeLives Insights data indicates that bisexual women are particularly vulnerable when experiencing domestic abuse, especially in terms of mental health. Ruth and Collette from SafeLives sat down to discuss their experiences as bisexual women, and the difficulties that bi women face when accessing domestic abuse services. Listen to the latest Podcast here

This is what Diamond Strip bars are doing to crackdown on sexual harassment

Revellers are being urged to look out for the signs of sexual harassment while enjoying a night out on Newcastle’s famous Diamond Strip. Shout-Up! – a campaign to make Newcastle’s pubs, club and bars sex pest free zones – launched in the Ouseburn area of the city in December. And now the initiative is back for Easter, this time targeting Collingwood Street’s buzzing venues. Read the full article featured in The Chronicle last week. 

What the parole board approving John Worboys’ release did not take into consideration

Last week, the High Court was asked to decide whether the Parole Board’s decision to release John Worboys (also known as the ‘Black Cab Rapist’) was lawful and rational. During the two-day hearing we learned the Parole Board based their decision only on the offences Worboys was convicted of. They did not take into account the full extent of the crimes Worboys is thought to have committed – police think he may have raped or sexually assaulted more than 100 women – even though this is in the public domain.


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