FGM Screening Toolkit

Resolution has published a new screening toolkit for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), to support family lawyers in raising the issue of FGM with their clients. Issues highlighted include: a potential victim may only have one chance to ask for help; any discussion needs to be taken in a way that is sensitive to the difficulties this subject raises; FGM is often one of a range of issues that the client will present with.

PCC Election Results

The successful candidates in the recent elections are:

  • Northumbria - Vera Baird (Labour) on an increased turn out
  • Durham - Ron Hogg (Labour) on a turn out of 17.7%
  • Cleveland - Barry Coppinger (Labour) utilising the second preference votes

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.

Huge Cuts to Refuge Funding Threaten Survival of National Network

At the NEEVAWG network meeting on 21st April, Claire Philipson (CEO of Wearside Women in Need) gave a presentation on the potential catastrophic impact of the Governments proposal to cap the amount of housing benefit for supported accommodation - including refuge. The cap, which is due to be applied from April 2018, could cut revenue from housing benefit by up to 80% and will almost certainly result in the wholesale closure of refuges across England and Wales.


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