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Female genital mutilation (FGM) intelligence sharing agreement

Law enforcement agencies in the UK and USA have signed an intelligence sharing agreement to tackle female genital mutilation (FGM). Signatories including the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), the Metropolitan Police, Border Force, the FBI, and the US Department of Homeland Security have pledged to share intelligence about travel patterns between the UK and US and other parts of the world where victims may be taken for the procedure. Source: NSPCC Caspar Alert

Childcare fees have risen three times faster than wages since 2008 TUC analysis reveals

Fees up by 52%, compared to 17% increase in nominal wages. Families left with £4,700 annual shortfalls even after government support.

Working parents with children under five have seen nursery fees rise three times faster than their wages over the past decade, according to new TUC analysis published today (Monday).

The analysis shows that childcare costs have rocketed by 52% per week since 2008 for families with a full-time and a part-time working parent. Over the same period their wages have gone up by just 17%.

EVAW and members give evidence to MPs about DV Bill

The End Violence Against Women Coalition and Surviving Economic Abuse were amongst those invited to give evidence the Home Affairs Select Committee examining how the Domestic Abuse Bill will address economic abuse and stalking. Women’s groups took the opportunity to tell MPs that the Bill doesn’t go far enough and must tackle violence against women and girls more broadly. They also made the case for measures which increase support and justice for ALL women, and ensure there is a coherent cross-government approach to tackling and preventing abuse.

Rape Crisis and Women's Aid reach stretch target in CrowdJustice campaign to challenge two-child tax credit limit

On Friday 31st August 2018, Rape Crisis England & Wales and Women's Aid closed their joint crowdfunding campaign having raised £20,250 from 900 supporters. The amount raised will support the two specialist violence against women and girls (VAWG) charities as they pursue a legal challenge against the cruel and discriminatory two-child tax credit limit.

160,000 UK children seeing domestic abuse in their homes, figures show

Last week, The Independent published a piece on the latest figures regarding the number of children in the UK living in households where they witness domestic abuse. Data published by Women’s Aid shows that while tens of thousands of under-18s witness domestic violence in their homes, provision of support has dropped by 16 per cent since 2010, in what has been described as a “crisis” facing domestic abuse services.

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